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Crying wolf to a predator: Deceptive vocal mimicry by a bird protecting young

Igic, Branislav; McLachlan, Jessica; Lehtinen, Inkeri; Magrath, Robert D

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Animals often mimic dangerous or toxic species to deter predators; however, mimicry of such species may not always be possible and mimicry of benign species seems unlikely to confer anti-predator benefits. We reveal a system in which a bird mimics the alarm calls of harmless species to fool a predator 40 times its size and protect its offspring against attack. Our experiments revealed that brown thornbills (Acanthiza pusilla) mimic a chorus of other species’ aerial alarm calls, a cue of an...[Show more]

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Date published: 2015
Type: Journal article
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1885/71134
Source: Proceedings of the Royal Society of London Series B: Biological Sciences
DOI: 10.1098/rspb.2015.0798

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