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A sociogram for the cranes of the world

Behavioural Processes

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DOI: 10.1016/S0376-6357(98)00008-4

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Abstract

The behavioral repertoire for the world's 15 species of cranes includes over 100 behavioral acts with clear social significance. Each species performs at least 60 discrete social postures, vocalizations, displays, and activities. Because all but a handful of the stereotyped social displays are common to all species, the presence or absence of social displays was useful only to a limited degree in comparing the relatedness of established crane taxonomic groups. However, the breadth of the repertoire for each species and for the family Gruidae tentatively places cranes at the apex of social complexity (at least for stereotyped displays) in the animal world.

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Publication type:
Article
Publication Subtype:
Journal Article
Title:
A sociogram for the cranes of the world
Series title:
Behavioural Processes
DOI:
10.1016/S0376-6357(98)00008-4
Volume
43
Issue:
2
Year Published:
1998
Language:
English
Contributing office(s):
Patuxent Wildlife Research Center
Description:
125-151
Larger Work Type:
Article
Larger Work Subtype:
Journal Article
First page:
125
Last page:
151
Number of Pages:
27