Faculty Advisor

Robakiewicz, Philip E.

Abstract

This MQP investigated referential communication in the Australian magpie, Gymnorhina tibicen. Field playbacks of alarm calls were performed on the campus of the University of New England, NSW, Armidale, Australia. Two different types of alarm calls were used to examine the proposal that a call may be observed to warn about aerial predation. Results illustrated the ability of the magpie to specifically respond to recordings of the two acoustically distinctive alarm call elements.

Publisher

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

January 2001

Major

Biotechnology

Major

Biology

Project Type

Major Qualifying Project

Accessibility

Restricted-WPI community only

Advisor Department

Biology and Biotechnology

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