Animal Communication (Animal Behavior) by Stephen M. Tomecek

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In the mid-1960s, marine biologist Roger Payne used hydrophones to make extensive recordings of humpback whale sounds. After he and several other scientists analyzed the tapes, they made a fascinating discovery. They discovered that the clicks, whistles, and pops are not random. They follow distinct patterns or themes that repeat continuously, like the phrases of a song. Just like birds, humpback whales sing songs. In fact, they sing some of the longest songs of any creature in the animal kingdom.

Sure enough, the monkeys reacted the same way, just as if a group member had given them the signals. turf wArs Many animals also use sounds to gain and defend their territories. The North American woodchuck uses a series of 54 AnimAl communicAtion high-frequency whistles when another woodchuck has entered its territory. Scientists believe that male whales use low-frequency sounds to warn other males when they get too close. When it comes to declaring their territory, few animals can compete with the red howler monkey.

It stays attached to the snake’s body by a cord-like structure. Each time the snake sheds its skin, the last scale doesn’t shed. As the snake grows, these scales build up. When a rattlesnake feels threatened, it shakes its tail and the scales make a rattling sound. Some animals make sound by striking other objects with parts of their own bodies. When a woodpecker uses its bill to drill into a tree, it is sometimes doing more than looking for food. It could be courting a mate or warning other male woodpeckers to stay out of its territory.

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