Catch the wave: prairie dogs assess neighbours' awareness using contagious displays.

  title={Catch the wave: prairie dogs assess neighbours' awareness using contagious displays.},
  author={James F. Hare and Kevin L Campbell and Robert W Senkiw},
  journal={Proceedings. Biological sciences},
  volume={281 1777},
The jump-yip display of black-tailed prairie dogs (Cynomys ludovicianus) is contagious, spreading through a prairie dog town as 'the wave' through a stadium. Because contagious communication in primates serves to assess conspecific social awareness, we investigated whether instigators of jump-yip bouts adjusted their behaviour relative to the response of conspecifics recruited to display bouts. Increased responsiveness of neighbouring town members resulted in bout initiators devoting a… CONTINUE READING
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