Vocal discrimination of potential mates by female giant pandas (Ailuropoda melanoleuca)

Charlton, Benjamin D, Huang, Yan and Swaisgood, Ronald R (2009) Vocal discrimination of potential mates by female giant pandas (Ailuropoda melanoleuca). Biology Letters, 5 (5). pp. 597-599. ISSN 1744-9561

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In the current study, we used male giant panda (Ailuropoda melanoleuca) bleats in a habituation–discrimination paradigm to determine whether females discriminate between the vocalizations of different males. We found that females habituated to the bleats of a specific male showed a significant dishabituation when they were presented with bleats from a novel male. Further playbacks, in which we standardized the mean fundamental frequency (pitch) and amplitude modulation of male bleats, indicated that amplitude modulation is the key feature that females attend to when discriminating between male callers. Our results show that female giant pandas can discriminate between the vocalizations of potential mates and provide a platform for further studies investigating the functional role of caller identity in giant panda sexual communication

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of Psychology > Psychology
Subjects: Q Science > QL Zoology > QL0750 Animal behaviour
Depositing User: Benjamin Charlton
Date Deposited: 14 Nov 2012 11:48
Last Modified: 14 Nov 2012 11:48
URI: http://srodev.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/41866
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