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


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

gibbons song duets playbacks responses 


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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

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