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Title: Signalling systems in Australian wild dogs: Who's calling and who cares?
Contributor(s): Nolan, Huw (author); Brown, Wendy (author)orcid ; Ballard, Guy-Anthony (author); McDonald, Paul (author)orcid 
Publication Date: 2014
Handle Link: https://hdl.handle.net/1959.11/16017
Abstract: Alarm and distress vocalizations are important anti-predator strategies for many species. Whilst there is some overlap, an alarm call is a particular vocal response to potential or actual danger, whereas a distress call is an involuntary emotional response to a similar situation and/or stimuli. Alarm and distress calls are often associated with prey species; however, Australian wild dogs (dingoes, feral dogs and their hybrids) have been observed utilizing similar strategies in response to intense human interactions. We analyzed the spectral (such as frequency and amplitude shifts) and temporal (such as call length) components of vocalizations recorded from trapped wild dogs and compared these to vocalizations from captive individuals under non-stressful situations. Data collection is on-going but we have early indications that (i) vocal responses to trapping are not restricted to distress calls, (ii) the structure of wild dog vocalizations differs across sites, suggesting local dialects or individual differences exist and (iii) age and social status may affect the type of call elicited by an individual. Understanding the differences in vocalizations of wild dogs in varying environments is vital to the success of remote acoustic monitoring endeavors; and to the improvement of wildlife management as a proxy for individual stress. Finally, understanding how vocal communication varies across these groups will aid in unravelling the evolution of the dingo.
Publication Type: Conference Publication
Conference Name: 4th Canine Science Forum, Lincoln, United Kingdom, 15th - 17th July, 2014
Source of Publication: 4th Canine Science Forum Abstracts, p. 279-279
Publisher: University of Lincoln
Place of Publication: Lincoln, United Kingdom
Field of Research (FOR): 060201 Behavioural Ecology
060801 Animal Behaviour
HERDC Category Description: E3 Extract of Scholarly Conference Publication
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