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Communicating about danger: urgency alarm calling in a bird

Leavesley, Adam; Magrath, Robert D


Vertebrate flee alarm calls can provide information about the type of predator, and some mammalian alarm calls also appear to communicate the degree of danger and therefore urgency of escape. However, because predators are usually rare, it has proved difficult to obtain observations differing only in the degree of danger, or to record sufficient naturally provoked alarm calls for fully replicated playback experiments. In this study, we took advantage of a system in which the major aerial...[Show more]

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Date published: 2005
Type: Journal article
Source: Animal Behaviour
DOI: 10.1016/j.anbehav.2004.10.017


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