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Overview page. Subjects: Evolutionary Biology — Zoology and Animal Sciences.

A vocal alarm response, common amongst birds and mammals. They often include auditory signals that make it difficult for a predator to locate the calling animal. To be difficult to locate,...

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Alarm Calls

Robert M. Seyfarth and Dorothy L. Cheney.

in Encyclopedia of Evolution

January 2002; p ublished online January 2005 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Evolutionary Biology. 2065 words.

Alarm calls are highly conspicuous vocalizations given by animals when they encounter a predator. In some bird species, alarm calls

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alarm calls

Overview page. Subjects: Evolutionary Biology — Zoology and Animal Sciences.

A vocal alarm response, common amongst birds and mammals. They often include auditory signals that make it difficult for a predator to locate the calling animal. To be difficult to locate,...

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What Do Functionally Referential Alarm Calls Refer To?

Edited by Marta B. Manser.

in Cognitive Ecology II

November 2009; p ublished online February 2013 .

Chapter. Subjects: Animal Behaviour and Behavioural Ecology. 7628 words.

This chapter links antipredatory and social behavior by analyzing the alarm calls of meerkats (Suricata suricatta). These cooperatively breeding animals employ referential alarm calls,...

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alarm calls

David McFarland.

in A Dictionary of Animal Behaviour

P ublished online January 2014 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Animal Behaviour and Behavioural Ecology. 140 words.

A vocal *alarm response, common amongst birds and mammals. They often include *auditory signals that make it

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alarm calls

David McFarland.

in A Dictionary of Animal Behaviour

January 2006; p ublished online January 2006 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Animal Behaviour and Behavioural Ecology. 140 words.

A vocal alarm response, common amongst birds and mammals. They often include auditory signals that make it difficult for

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Wild dwarf mongooses produce general alert and predator-specific alarm calls

Katie Collier, Andrew N Radford, Simon W Townsend and Marta B Manser.

in Behavioral Ecology

September 2017; p ublished online July 2017 .

Journal Article. Subjects: Ecology and Conservation; Evolutionary Biology; Zoology and Animal Sciences; Animal Behaviour and Behavioural Ecology. 7213 words.

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Many species produce alarm calls in response to predator threats. Whilst these can be general alert calls, some are urgency-based, indicating...

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Sound familiar? Acoustic similarity provokes responses to unfamiliar heterospecific alarm calls

Pamela M. Fallow, Janet L. Gardner and Robert D. Magrath.

in Behavioral Ecology

January 2011; p ublished online February 2011 .

Journal Article. Subjects: Evolutionary Biology; Ecology and Conservation; Zoology and Animal Sciences. 7539 words.

Eavesdropping on the alarm calls of other species can provide vertebrates with valuable information about danger, and often responses to heterospecific calls seem to be acquired through...

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Geographic Variation in Alarm Calls of Gunnison's Prairie Dogs

C. N. Slobodchikoff, S. H. Ackers and M. Van Ert.

in Journal of Mammalogy

December 1998; p ublished online December 1998 .

Journal Article. 0 words.

Geographic variation in alarm calls of Gunnison's prairie dogs (Cynomys gunnisoni) was analyzed at regional and local scales. Alarm calls in response to a common stimulus (the same human)...

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

Branislav Igic and Robert D. Magrath.

in Behavioral Ecology

January 2014; p ublished online February 2014 .

Journal Article. Subjects: Evolutionary Biology; Ecology and Conservation; Zoology and Animal Sciences. 8933 words.

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...

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Eavesdropping of woodchucks (<i>Marmota monax</i>) and eastern chipmunks (<i>Tamias striatus</i>) on heterospecific alarm calls

Lisa M. Aschemeier and Christine R. Maher.

in Journal of Mammalogy

June 2011; p ublished online June 2011 .

Journal Article. 4944 words.

Individuals of 1 species might obtain information by eavesdropping on calls produced by a syntopic species. Intercepting alarm calls allows the eavesdropper to respond with antipredator...

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Habitat structure and alarm call dialects in Gunnison's prairie dog (<i>Cynomys gunnisoni</i>)

Bianca S. Perla and C. N. Slobodchikoff.

in Behavioral Ecology

November 2002; p ublished online November 2002 .

Journal Article. Subjects: Evolutionary Biology; Ecology and Conservation; Zoology and Animal Sciences. 5770 words.

We examined the relationship between habitat structure and alarm call characteristics in six colonies of Gunnison's prairie dogs (Cynomys gunnisoni) near Flagstaff, Arizona, before and...

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A mutual understanding? Interspecific responses by birds to each other's aerial alarm calls

Robert D. Magrath, Benjamin J. Pitcher and Janet L. Gardner.

in Behavioral Ecology

September 2007; p ublished online July 2007 .

Journal Article. Subjects: Evolutionary Biology; Ecology and Conservation; Zoology and Animal Sciences. 6633 words.

Individuals are likely to benefit from responding to the alarm signals of other species with similar predators, and mutual interspecific responses to aerial (hawk) alarms are thought to be...

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Assessing “false” alarm calls by a drongo (<i>Dicrurus paradiseus</i>) in mixed-species bird flocks

S. Harsha K. Satischandra, Prasanna Kodituwakku, Sarath W. Kotagama and Eben Goodale.

in Behavioral Ecology

January 2010; p ublished online February 2010 .

Journal Article. Subjects: Evolutionary Biology; Ecology and Conservation; Zoology and Animal Sciences. 6737 words.

The suggestion that some members of mixed-species bird flocks use alarm calls when predators are not present in order to startle other species and thereby gain access to additional prey,...

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Between-year stability of individual alarm calls in the yellow ground squirrel <i>Spermophilus fulvus</i>

Vera A. Matrosova, Ilya A. Volodin, Elena V. Volodina, Nina A. Vasilieva and Alexandra A. Kochetkova.

in Journal of Mammalogy

June 2010; p ublished online June 2010 .

Journal Article. Subjects: Zoology and Animal Sciences; Animal Behaviour and Behavioural Ecology; Animal Ecology; Animal Physiology; Mammalogy. 5744 words.

Although individuality in alarm calls has been reported for many ground-dwelling sciurids, the degree to which the vocal identity encoded in alarm calls is stable with time has been studied...

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Signaler and Receiver Ages Do Not Affect Responses to Richardson's Ground Squirrel Alarm Calls

David C. Swan and James F. Hare.

in Journal of Mammalogy

August 2008; p ublished online August 2008 .

Journal Article. Subjects: Zoology and Animal Sciences; Animal Behaviour and Behavioural Ecology; Animal Ecology; Animal Physiology; Mammalogy. 4614 words.

Alarm calls alert receivers to the presence and/or nature of a predatory threat. Studies of alarm communication in Richardson's ground squirrels (Spermophilus richardsonii) have focused on...

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Alarm calls of tufted titmice convey information about predator size and threat

Jason R. Courter and Gary Ritchison.

in Behavioral Ecology

January 2010; p ublished online June 2010 .

Journal Article. Subjects: Evolutionary Biology; Ecology and Conservation; Zoology and Animal Sciences. 5687 words.

Many birds utter alarm calls when they encounter predators, and previous work has revealed that variation in the characteristics of the alarm, or “chick-a-dee,” calls of black-capped (Poeci...

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Superb fairy-wrens respond more to alarm calls from mate and kin compared to unrelated individuals

Diane Colombelli-Négrel and Christine Evans.

in Behavioral Ecology

August 2017; p ublished online May 2017 .

Journal Article. Subjects: Ecology and Conservation; Evolutionary Biology; Zoology and Animal Sciences; Animal Behaviour and Behavioural Ecology. 10309 words.

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Variation in the acoustic structure of alarm signals has mainly been viewed as coding information about the type of predator or the level of threat...

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Short-Term and Long-Term Individuality in Speckled Ground Squirrel Alarm Calls

Vera A. Matrosova, Ilya A. Volodin and Elena V. Volodina.

in Journal of Mammalogy

February 2009; p ublished online February 2009 .

Journal Article. Subjects: Zoology and Animal Sciences; Animal Behaviour and Behavioural Ecology; Animal Ecology; Animal Physiology; Mammalogy. 6733 words.

Apart from the alerting function of alarm calls, selection may favor cues that help individuals to distinguish between reliable and unreliable callers. However, this mechanism for selective...

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Foraging guild influences dependence on heterospecific alarm calls in Amazonian bird flocks

Ari E. Martínez and Rosana T. Zenil.

in Behavioral Ecology

May 2012; p ublished online January 2012 .

Journal Article. Subjects: Evolutionary Biology; Ecology and Conservation; Zoology and Animal Sciences. 4767 words.

Interspecific eavesdropping on alarm calling has been considered evidence that species participating in mixed-species groups benefit from reduced risk of predation. Few studies, however,...

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Eastern chipmunks increase their perception of predation risk in response to titmouse alarm calls

Kenneth A. Schmidt, Eunice Lee, Richard S. Ostfeld and Kathryn Sieving.

in Behavioral Ecology

January 2008; p ublished online April 2008 .

Journal Article. Subjects: Evolutionary Biology; Ecology and Conservation; Zoology and Animal Sciences. 4461 words.

Vocally signaling a predator's presence through alarm calls creates public information regarding risk in the environment. If having this information confers an advantage, eavesdropping...

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