Squirrels Have Complex Language

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Squirrels Have Complex Language

Postby Kevin » Wed Nov 16, 2005 1:49 pm

Here's a link to Discovery Channel,

Study: Squirrels Have Complex Language

http://dsc.discovery.com/news/briefs/20051107/squirrelspeak_ani.html

"...Although squirrels risk their lives when they call out to warn others of threats, Hare said other squirrels might admire this behavior, thus increasing the caller's social status, not unlike humans who look up to heroes." :D

Hehe, good stuff!
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Postby abby » Wed Nov 16, 2005 1:59 pm

Oh how fun! Thanks for posting... I love reading stuff like this!
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Postby Joan » Wed Nov 16, 2005 8:18 pm

"The collected data, along with information from previous studies, suggest that squirrels add chirps to alarm calls when a terrestrial predator lurks. Chirps signify an avian predator has been spotted, which may require immediate action since birds can appear suddenly and grab prospective prey. A chuck is like an exclamation point.

In effect then:
Whistles that incorporate chucks say 'there's a predator of moderate threat that's here."
Whistles without chucks say 'there's a predator of seemingly moderate threat around here somewhere."
Chirps, that in nature don't incorporate chucks, say, "I'm ducking for cover here because there's an immediate danger."

OK, start listening to your babies and tell us what they say.
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Postby abby » Wed Nov 16, 2005 8:59 pm

Whats a chuck...storm chirps at me, but she does it in full view like as I posted she darts of when I walk her to her cage. she darts away and doesnt takek cover, she will sit on something and look straight at me. And sometimes seh just chirps while in her cage for an unknown reason...

What does that mean.
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Postby abby » Wed Nov 16, 2005 9:00 pm

btw what s a whistle?
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Postby abby » Wed Nov 16, 2005 9:04 pm

Ok and 1 more thing..junie hasnt made a sound in the 1 1/2 year ive had her...well not a sound I can hear, but storm makes them all the time, even in the cage, out of the cage..alone w/ ppl...she chirps q;uite often..sounds like barking really like a glider bark..

What does all that mean?
And why doesnt my other squirrel make any noise?

Perhaps storm is extremely heroic and Junie is very cowardly? :(
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Postby Joan » Thu Nov 17, 2005 9:24 am

Flying Squirrel Sounds:
High-pitched "CHWEEP CHWEEP CHWEEP" whistles similar in tone to a bird call. Northern flying squirrels slightly lower in tone than southern flying squirrels.

High-pitched “tseet” and other chirping sounds

Flying squirrels can be identified by their high-pitched, excited-sounding "cheeps" often heard within the first several hours after sunset. They use these sounds to keep track of one another and offer warnings. Sounds produced by flying squirrels sometimes exceed the upper limits of frequencies heard by human ears.

Sounds & video for broadband users: http://home.insightbb.com/~h.greer/sqrlweb.htm

Flying Squirrel Sounds:

Chipping Sound http://www.squirrel-rehab.org/squirrels/chips.wav
Chittering Sound http://www.squirrel-rehab.org/squirrels/chitters.wav

Sound recordings copyright Lang Elliott NatureSound Studio
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Postby Leyna » Thu Nov 17, 2005 2:35 pm

Ruby makes this really high pitched chirping sound, almost like a cricket. It kills my ears and sends my gliders into frenzies. Last night she did if for maybe 20 minutes strait...

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Postby Joan » Thu Nov 17, 2005 4:57 pm

[quote="abby"]Whats a chuck...

I don't think flyers chuck ... mainly other squirrels.

storm chirps at me, but she does it in full view like as I posted she darts of when I walk her to her cage. she darts away and doesnt takek cover, she will sit on something and look straight at me. And sometimes seh just chirps while in her cage for an unknown reason... What does that mean.

She's not telling :twisted:
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