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Vulnerable but not helpless: nestlings are fine-tuned to cues of approaching danger

Haff, Tonya; Magrath, Robert D


Vocalizing nestlings are vulnerable to eavesdropping by predators, but may reduce risk through behavioural tactics such as responding with silence to adult alarm calls. Nestlings may also assess danger independently, although there has been little investigation of this possibility. Additionally, nestlings might use parental signals to modify their response to possible cues of danger to reduce the likelihood of going silent to harmless stimuli. Nestling white-browed scrubwrens, Sericornis...[Show more]

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Date published: 2010
Type: Journal article
Source: Animal Behaviour
DOI: 10.1016/j.anbehav.2009.11.036


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