Vervet monkey alarm calls: Semantic communication in a free-ranging primate

@article{Seyfarth1980VervetMA,
  title={Vervet monkey alarm calls: Semantic communication in a free-ranging primate},
  author={R. Seyfarth and D. Cheney and P. Marler},
  journal={Animal Behaviour},
  year={1980},
  volume={28},
  pages={1070-1094}
}
  • R. Seyfarth, D. Cheney, P. Marler
  • Published 1980
  • Biology
  • Animal Behaviour
  • Abstract Vervet monkeys ( Cercopithecus aethiops ) at Amboseli, Kenya, give acoustically different alarm calls to different predators. [...] Key Method In a 14-month field study examining the semantic properties of alarm calls, we played tape-recorded alarms to vervets in the absence of actual predators and filmed the monkeys' responses. Playbacks confirmed observations and showed that (1) alarm length, amplitude and alarmist's age/sex class had little effect on response quality, and (2) context was not a…Expand Abstract
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