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Alarming features: Birds use specific acoustic properties to identify heterospecific alarm calls

Fallow, Pamela; Pitcher, Benjamin James; Magrath, Robert D

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Vertebrates that eavesdrop on heterospecific alarm calls must distinguish alarms from sounds that can safely be ignored, but the mechanisms for identifying heterospecific alarm calls are poorly understood. While vertebrates learn to identify heterospecific alarms through experience, some can also respond to unfamiliar alarm calls that are acoustically similar to conspecific alarm calls. We used synthetic calls to test the role of specific acoustic properties in alarm call identification by...[Show more]

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Date published: 2013
Type: Journal article
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1885/70454
Source: Proceedings of the Royal Society of London Series B: Biological Sciences
DOI: 10.1098/rspb.2012.2539

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