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The Communication Behavior of Gulls and Other Seabirds

  • C. G. Beer

Abstract

Any behavior can be communicative. That is to say, whatever an animal might be doing can tell you something about it. A gull dropping clams on a beach is manifestly trying to get food; a gull preening on a post is just as manifestly not. A tern making a harsh clicking call above you as you walk near its nest signals that it is about to dive at and possibly strike you, and the same tern parading with head held high and bill pointed skyward in front of another conveys the information that it is ready for sexual attachment.

Keywords

Communication Behavior Alarm Call Animal Communication Individual Recognition Proximate Function 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • C. G. Beer
    • 1
  1. 1.Institute of Animal BehaviorRutgers UniversityNewarkUSA

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