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In this review, three main experimental approaches for studying animal language behaviour are compared: (1) direct decoding of animals’ communication, (2) the use of intermediary languages to communicate with animals and (3) application of ideas and methods of the Information Theory for studying...
Female agonistic behaviour during pregnancy and lactation is common in several pinnipeds and has been associated to pup or territory defence. Previous studies on female agonistic behaviour in pinniped breeding groups have not usually considered the number of females per breeding group, which...
Convict cichlids (Archocentrus nigrofasciatus) form pair bonds, are serially monogamous, and give biparental care to their offspring. Males and females may individually establish a breeding site before courtship, or they may form a pair and then obtain a breeding site together. Such sites are...
In many species, females prefer large males as mates. In this paper, we examined whether female Pyrenean mountain newts (Euproctus asper) would show a preference for large males in a simultaneous choice situation. When we tested for a visual preference relative to male body size using visual...
Nest volume in magpies is modulated by sexual selection. However, density of material that compounds the nest could also affect sexual signalling, and we may expect that high-quality pairs build larger and denser nests, with these two variables being positively correlated. As found for nest...
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