Vulnerable but not helpless: parent-offspring communication and the risk of predation

Date & time

22 March 2012


Gould Seminar Room (Room 235), Building 116, Daley Road, ANU


 Paul Waters


Tonya Haff, EEG, Research School of Biology

Thursday 22 March 2012, 1 – 2pm

  • Do nestling calls actually attract predators?;
  • How do parents warn young of danger without betraying nest location to predators?
  • How do young reduce predation risk independently of parents?

I show that vocalizations by scrubwren young are indeed risky, that parents use strategic trade-offs when deciding whether to warn young, and that young learn to use a diverse range of cues about danger.


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