Navigation Links
Fight or flight? Vocal cues help deer decide during mating season
Date:2/9/2014

Previous studies have shown that male fallow deer, known as bucks, can call for a mate more than 3000 times per hour during the rut (peak of the mating season), and their efforts in calling, fighting and mating can leave them sounding hoarse.

In this new study, published today (10 February) in the journal Behavioral Ecology, scientists were able to gauge that fallow bucks listen to the sound quality of rival males' calls and evaluate how exhausted the caller is and whether they should fight or keep their distance.

"Fallow bucks are among the most impressive vocal athletes of all deer and invest a large amount of time and energy in calling," explained Dr Benjamin Pitcher from Queen Mary's School of Biological and Chemical Sciences.

During the mating season, fallow bucks produce a call or groan, both to attract mates, and repel competing males. Groans contain numerous clues about each animal, such as their size and status in the herd. The researchers set up a series of playback experiments to investigate how the bucks responded to changes in calling rates and vocal fatigue in the groans of their rivals.

"Until recently we have known relatively little about who is listening to their calling, and what information they are hearing," commented Dr Alan McElligott, also from Queen Mary's School of Biological and Chemical Sciences.

The scientists played slow and fast rate groaning sounds, as well as groans from early in the rut, and ones from late in the rut (when bucks are tired), to mature male deer in Petworth Park, West Sussex during the peak of the mating season. The speakers were hidden from view and scientists measured how long it took for the deer to react to the calls, as well as their orientation, posture, and calls they made in response.

The deer were more responsive to fast rate groans than to slow rate groans indicating that bucks signal their motivation or aggressiveness in how quickly t
'/>"/>

Contact: Neha Okhandiar
n.okhandiar@qmul.ac.uk
020-788-27927
Queen Mary, University of London
Source:Eurekalert  

Page: 1 2

Related biology news :

1. How a shape-shifting DNA-repair machine fights cancer
2. Secrets of potato blight evolution could help farmers fight back
3. Does it pay to be a lover or a fighter? It depends on how you woo females
4. Ph.D. students in India, Ethiopia and Kenya to fight wheat stripe rust
5. Fighting flies
6. New strategy emerges for fighting drug-resistant malaria
7. Research uncovers key difference between our bodies fight against viruses and bacteria
8. Marine bacteria to fight tough infections
9. Tiny acts of microbe justice help reveal how nature fights freeloaders
10. Study explaining parasite gene expression could help fight toxoplasmosis and malaria
11. Plant used in Chinese medicine fights chronic pain
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
Related Image:
Fight or flight? Vocal cues help deer decide during mating season
(Date:8/1/2014)... examining a taxonomically confused group of marine mammals ... the Australian humpback dolphin, Sousa sahulensis , ... Enterprises. , The study describing the newly ... long systematic examination of all available historical records, ... widespread group of coastal cetaceans ranging from the ...
(Date:8/1/2014)... enormous opportunities for both biological and future clinical ... cells in the body, offering immense hope of ... kidney, liver and lung diseases and making damaged ... Prof. Jinhui Chen from Indiana University in USA ... myriad biological, ethical, legal, political, and financial challenges. ...
(Date:8/1/2014)... INDIANAPOLIS, IN August 1, 2014 The Journal ... Best Article and Best Great Educational Material (GEM) awards, ... and Behavior (SNEB) annual conference, "Nutrition Education Impact: Local ... 1, 2014. These annual awards recognize the authors ... year in JNEB, as judged by members of the ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):Scientists name new species of cetacean: The Australian humpback dolphin 2Scientists name new species of cetacean: The Australian humpback dolphin 3
... 2012Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) is the cause of infectious mononucleosis ... recipients. Molecular tests that can identify early protein markers ... infection. The benefits of this diagnostic approach in patients ... in an article published in BioResearch Open Access ...
... November 13, 2012Following an infection, dysregulation of the immune ... an often fatal condition called severe sepsis or septic ... underlying immune dysfunction remain poorly understood. Regulatory T cells ... to have an important role in suppressing the immune ...
... Come rain or shine (or even snow), some glaciers ... to come. The forecast by Brigham Young University ... Bhutan, a region in the bull,s-eye of the monsoonal ... most conservative findings indicate that even if climate remained ...
Cached Biology News:Are we closer to understanding the cause of deadly sepsis? 2Himalayan glaciers will shrink even if temperatures hold steady 2
(Date:8/1/2014)... August 01, 2014 Once a decision ... cost? This webinar will discuss how to define your ... Join speakers Bob Allen, Senior Director of Facilities Integration ... Engineering at Fluor Industrial Services, and special guest Carrier ... Planning at Amgen, as they provide an examination of ...
(Date:8/1/2014)... -- Cambrex Corporation (NYSE: CBM ) reports results ... Highlights , Second quarter sales increased 59% ... last year. , Second quarter EBITDA increased 86% to ... last year (see table at the end of this release). ... impact of foreign currency, to between 13% and 16% over ...
(Date:8/1/2014)... ON (PRWEB) August 01, 2014 ... has led to a better understanding embryonic development. ... and reorganize into structurally and functionally distinct tissues ... physical defects. Prof. Todd McDevitt, Melissa Kinney, ... biophysical signals interact with biochemical cues to control ...
(Date:7/31/2014)... August 01, 2014 “2014 ... Polyurethane Resin Industry” is a professional and ... The report introduces Polyurethane Resin basic information, ... chain structure and industry overview. This research ... domestic market as well as global industry ...
Breaking Biology Technology:Defining Low Cost in Your Solution for Future Facilities, New Webinar for Pharma, Biotech, Medical Device and Healthcare Companies, Hosted by Xtalks 2Cambrex Reports Second Quarter 2014 Financial Results 2Cambrex Reports Second Quarter 2014 Financial Results 3Cambrex Reports Second Quarter 2014 Financial Results 4Cambrex Reports Second Quarter 2014 Financial Results 5Cambrex Reports Second Quarter 2014 Financial Results 6Cambrex Reports Second Quarter 2014 Financial Results 7Cambrex Reports Second Quarter 2014 Financial Results 8Cambrex Reports Second Quarter 2014 Financial Results 9Cambrex Reports Second Quarter 2014 Financial Results 10Cambrex Reports Second Quarter 2014 Financial Results 11Cambrex Reports Second Quarter 2014 Financial Results 12Cambrex Reports Second Quarter 2014 Financial Results 13Cambrex Reports Second Quarter 2014 Financial Results 14Cambrex Reports Second Quarter 2014 Financial Results 15Cambrex Reports Second Quarter 2014 Financial Results 16Study Links Biomechanics and Gene Expression in Stem Cells 2Polyurethane Resin Industry & Thermoplastic Polyurethane Market (China, Global) Analysis Now at DeepResearchReports.com 2Polyurethane Resin Industry & Thermoplastic Polyurethane Market (China, Global) Analysis Now at DeepResearchReports.com 3Polyurethane Resin Industry & Thermoplastic Polyurethane Market (China, Global) Analysis Now at DeepResearchReports.com 4
... Timing of Final Analysis by One, Year While Maintaining Comparable Powering ... March 13, 2008 at 11:00 AM ... ... DNDN ) today announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration,(FDA) has ...
... to Improve Healing ... of ... Americas,a healthcare company focused on improving patient quality of life, ... mark for its KFH Novo medical device, a breakthrough medical,technology ...
... EMERYVILLE, Calif., March 11 Onyx,Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (Nasdaq: ... present,at the Cowen and Company 28th Annual Health ... Eastern Time. Interested parties may access a live,webcast ... is recommended that listeners log on 15 minutes ...
Cached Biology Technology:FDA Agrees to Amend Dendreon's Special Protocol Assessment for Phase 3 IMPACT Study of PROVENGE 2FDA Agrees to Amend Dendreon's Special Protocol Assessment for Phase 3 IMPACT Study of PROVENGE 3FDA Agrees to Amend Dendreon's Special Protocol Assessment for Phase 3 IMPACT Study of PROVENGE 4Kingfisher Healthcare Receives European CE Mark for Next Generation Wound Healing Device 2
UltraMount is formulated for coverslipping sections stained with alcohol soluble chromogens, such as Fast-Red or AEC. No heating is required prior to use. Coverslips may be removed by soaking in wate...
Agarose, Biotechnology grade, 500g...
AM100 is an aqueous-based, permanent mounting media designed for use with alkaline phosphatase and immunoperoxidase stained tissue sections....
... c-Jun proto-oncogene was first identified as the cellular ... Jun B and Jun D have been shown ... C-terminal regions, which are involved in dimerization and ... involved in transcriptional activation, diverge. ...
Biology Products: