International Journal of Primatology

, Volume 6, Issue 2, pp 193–200

Responses of gibbons (Hylobates muelleri) to self, neighbor, and stranger song duets

  • John C. Milani

DOI: 10.1007/BF02693653

Cite this article as:
Milani, J.C. Int J Primatol (1985) 6: 193. doi:10.1007/BF02693653


To determine whether gibbons discriminate among songs given by different groups, I conducted a series of experimental playbacks of recorded Bornean gibbon (Hylobates muelleri)duets. The gibbons did not respond differentially to their own, neighbors’, and strangers’ songs. Failure to show vocal discrimination may be due to factors associated with the experimental procedure or may indicate that there is no selective advantage gained by responding differentially under the playback circumstances.

Key words

gibbonssong duetsplaybacksresponses

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© Plenum Publishing Corporation 1985

Authors and Affiliations

  • John C. Milani
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of AnthropologyUniversity of CaliforniaDavis
  2. 2.Field Research CenterThe Rockefeller UniversityMilbrook