Show simple item record

Files in this item


Item metadata

dc.contributor.authorKing, Stephanie Laura
dc.contributor.authorSayigh, Laela
dc.contributor.authorWells, Randall
dc.contributor.authorFellner, Wendi
dc.contributor.authorJanik, Vincent
dc.identifier.citationKing , S L , Sayigh , L , Wells , R , Fellner , W & Janik , V 2013 , ' Vocal copying of individually distinctive signature whistles in bottlenose dolphins ' , Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences , vol. 280 , no. 1757 , 20130053 .
dc.identifier.otherPURE: 42882052
dc.identifier.otherPURE UUID: 0960deb6-864c-47c0-9319-76975f9b2498
dc.identifier.otherScopus: 84874262764
dc.identifier.otherWOS: 000315953700017
dc.identifier.otherORCID: /0000-0001-7894-0121/work/60427879
dc.description.abstractVocal learning is relatively common in birds but less so in mammals. Sexual selection and individual or group recognition have been identified as major forces in its evolution. While important in the development of vocal displays, vocal learning also allows signal copying in social interactions. Such copying can function in addressing or labelling selected conspecifics. Most examples of addressing in non-humans come from bird song, where matching occurs in an aggressive context. However, in other animals, addressing with learned signals is very much an affiliative signal. We studied the function of vocal copying in a mammal that shows vocal learning as well as complex cognitive and social behaviour, the bottlenose dolphin (Tursiops truncatus). Copying occurred almost exclusively between close associates such as mother–calf pairs and male alliances during separation and was not followed by aggression. All copies were clearly recognizable as such because copiers consistently modified some acoustic parameters of a signal when copying it. We found no evidence for the use of copying in aggression or deception. This use of vocal copying is similar to its use in human language, where the maintenance of social bonds appears to be more important than the immediate defence of resources.
dc.relation.ispartofProceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciencesen
dc.rights© 2013 The Authors. Published by the Royal Society under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, provided the original author and source are credited.en
dc.subjectVocal learningen
dc.subjectQL Zoologyen
dc.titleVocal copying of individually distinctive signature whistles in bottlenose dolphinsen
dc.typeJournal articleen
dc.description.versionPublisher PDFen
dc.contributor.institutionUniversity of St Andrews.School of Biologyen
dc.contributor.institutionUniversity of St Andrews.Sea Mammal Research Uniten
dc.contributor.institutionUniversity of St Andrews.Marine Alliance for Science & Technology Scotlanden
dc.contributor.institutionUniversity of St Andrews.Scottish Oceans Instituteen
dc.contributor.institutionUniversity of St Andrews.Institute of Behavioural and Neural Sciencesen
dc.contributor.institutionUniversity of St Andrews.Centre for Social Learning & Cognitive Evolutionen
dc.contributor.institutionUniversity of St Andrews.Bioacoustics groupen
dc.description.statusPeer revieweden

This item appears in the following Collection(s)

Show simple item record