The baroque potheads: modification and embellishment in repeated call sequences of long-finned pilot whales

@article{Zwamborn2017TheBP,
  title={The baroque potheads: modification and embellishment in repeated call sequences of long-finned pilot whales},
  author={E. Zwamborn and H. Whitehead},
  journal={Behaviour},
  year={2017},
  volume={154},
  pages={963-979}
}
Vocal variation within calls that are generally stereotyped suggests multiple simultaneous functions. These vocal cues may be especially important for group-living species. We describe two fundamental call transition types within repeated call sequences of long-finned pilot whales (Globicephala melas): embellishment — discrete changes to a specific part of a call — and morphing — non-discrete small changes across a call. Of transitions between consecutive calls, 31% were embellished and 20… Expand
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