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Name: Jacqueline O.
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Age: 40s
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Date: 2/13/2004


Question:
We have been studying animals senses and would like to know if wolves or any other animal have different dialects because of the area they live? Such as a wolf from Russia can it communicate with a wolf from Spain?


Replies:
I am not familiar enough with mammal communication to answer about wolves, but I do know that birds definitely have regional dialects, some of which have been extensively studied. Some birds, like song sparrows, can apparantly even recognize individuals by voice. My guess is that regional dialects would always be recognized as of an animal's own species. Beyond that I can't say. An early detailed study, versions of which are still available from Dover publications, was Donold J. Borror, Bird Song and Behavior. Another reference is Charles Hartshorn, Born to Sing. There has been a lot of research on sound communication in marine mammals, and there are recordings available of mammal sounds, but I am not familiar with research specifically on dialects of mammals.

J. Elliott


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