The Vocal and Behavioral Reactions of the Beluga, Delphinapterus leucas, to Playback of its Sounds

  • David W. Morgan


The playback of natural sounds has been used as an experimental technique with diverse groups of animals and with varied degrees of success to elucidate the biological significance of the sounds. Additionally, the playback of pure tones has been used to investigate which parameters of an acoustic signal are directly concerned with communication. Such parameters have included frequency limits of hearing, effectiveness of auditory masking, direction-finding and frequency discrimination capabilities, and intensity limits of frequency detection (audiograms).


Killer Whale Bottlenose Dolphin Behavioral Reaction Playback Experiment Captive Animal 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • David W. Morgan
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  1. 1.Aquatic Behavior Laboratory, Department of BiologyUniversity of Notre DameNotre DameUSA

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