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A songbird mimics different heterospecific alarm calls in response to different types of threat

Igic, Branislav; Magrath, Robert D

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Birds frequently mimic other species' alarm calls, but the type of information conveyed to receivers, and therefore the function of mimetic alarm calls, is often unknown. Alarm calls can convey predator-specific information that influences how receivers respond: aerial alarms signal the presence of flying predators and provoke receivers to flee, whereas mobbing alarm calls signal the presence of less dangerous predators and provoke receivers to mob. The function of mimetic alarm calls may...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2014
Type: Journal article
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1885/70694
Source: Behavioral Ecology
DOI: 10.1093/beheco/aru018

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