Date: 11/6/18 7:04 am
From: Than Boves <tboves...>
Subject: Re: Intersperses audio response
There are a number of really cool studies that definitely show there is interspecific communication (or "eavesdropping", because it is likely that the sounds aren't intended for the other species) among birds. Some of the best examples occur between nuthatches and chickadees ( In my personal experience, I use interspecific alarm calls/chips (esp. of the bolder spp. including wrens, gnatcatchers, vireos, titmice, and chickadees) to increase capture rate of a bunch of different species including lots of warblers.

Than J. Boves, PhD
Associate Professor
Department of Biological Sciences
Arkansas State University
Office Phone: 870-972-3320
Facebook: @BovesLabAState

-----Original Message-----
From: The Birds of Arkansas Discussion List [mailto:<ARBIRD-L...>] On Behalf Of Daniel Mason
Sent: Tuesday, November 6, 2018 8:51 AM
To: <ARBIRD-L...>
Subject: Re: Intersperses audio response

Interesting question. I can say that using playback, I've called in species that I was not playing. This is one of the reasons why I'm not always easily convinced when people ID a bird by a single call note here or there... some are just SO close sometimes... I've heard fox sparrows and other birds sound like cardinals calls to me at times. It can trick me.
With playback, I was looking for what I thought I heard as a sedge wren a time or two. I used the call that sounded like what I heard, one of the sedge wren calls... only to lure in a common yellowthroat.

I can't say if any studies have been done on it but, with just how much gets studied these days it wouldn't surprise me.

Daniel Mason

On 11/6/2018 8:04 AM, dianemarie yates wrote:
> I was wondering if any studies have been done. For years I've noted how crows seem to respond to dog- barks with similar tone & syllables. Indeed my Great Pyrenees responds to the crows. Blue jays imitate many of the hawks and not uncommonly just after the latter has vocalized. Many feeder birds & warblers tend to call moments after a similar species sings or calls. Are they just showing off or could it be some are deceived by language so like their own?
> Just had FOS purple finch female to land with male house finch, and hearing blue-headed vireo.
> Sent from my iPod

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