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Types of Animal Communication
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Types of Animal Communication

What are the different ways you communicate? Talk? Text? Facial expression? Animals can't speak in words (at least not that we know of), and texting is definitely out.

Animals have many ways of getting their message across using sight, sound, and even smell. Communication can even happen at the chemical level. Get the details.

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What Sound Does a Fox Really Make?

What Sound Does a Fox Really Make?

It might not be an age-old question, but it's still a good one. What sound does the fox make? Not surprisingly, Ylvis doesn't have it right. Take a listen to the barks and one species' scream-y howl. More...

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Popular Science
Wolf Behavior 101

Wolf Behavior 101

Just like dogs, their fellow canines, wolves pounce on ice and shake off rain or snow. Find out more about these behaviors, along with snarling, scent rolling, and "the jaw punch." More...

Article
Wolf Education & Research Center
How to Speak Walrus

How to Speak Walrus

Be sure to listen in here to Arctic Idol — Walruses not only make a wide variety of sounds on their own, they can learn to make new sounds and combine sounds into unique songs. They’re singer-songwriters! More...

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NOVA/PBS
Acoustic Communication

Acoustic Communication

Many animals use sound to communicate. Watch and listen to some of the craziest sounds you've ever heard! (Be sure to scroll through all the video clips.) More...

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BBC
Chemical Communication

Chemical Communication

Chemical communication is all about taste and smell. Watch these videos to see wild and crazy ways both plants and animals communicate chemically! More...

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BBC
Chomp and the Temple of Puzzles!

Chomp and the Temple of Puzzles!

The ancient temple of puzzles, sealed for 17 centuries, is guarded by highly evolved and angry monkeys. See if you can solve the puzzles and travel through 5 secret passage ways. More...

Game
Discovery
Tarsiers Communicate in Secret Speech

Tarsiers Communicate in Secret Speech

No one likes eavesdroppers. Is that why tarsier communicate with ultrasonic sounds, high-pitched squeaks that predators can’t hear? Find out more and listen to a tarsier trill. More...

Article
Science Magazine
The Waggle Dance

The Waggle Dance

Honeybees communicate using the "waggle dance," a form of bee body language. Watch as David Pogue learns to speak bee and gets his waggle on! More...

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NOVA/PBS
Why Do Coyotes Howl?

Why Do Coyotes Howl?

It's no surprise the coyote's Latin name means “barking dog.” Find out why these vocal canines howl. More...

Article
Penn State
Wolf Sounds

Wolf Sounds

There’s more to wolf communication than a lone wolf howling at a full moon. Listen to the howls, yips, and whimpers in a variety of wolf-sound audios. More...

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wolfcountry.net
Animal Communication Q & A

Animal Communication Q & A

All animals communicate, but not all animals can communicate with language. Find out more about the differences between communication and language. More...

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WGBH/PBS
Baleen Whales Infrasound

Baleen Whales Infrasound

Have your parents told you to turn down your music? Well, they're lucky you're not a fin whale. If you were, your infrasound songs could be heard thousands of miles away! More...

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Animal Communication Project
Bee Communication and Navigation

Bee Communication and Navigation

Scouting honeybees go out in search of food. When they find nectar, they bring the news back to the hive. But how do they tell the other bees what they found and where they found it? More...

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WGBH/PBS
How Do Tigers Communicate?

How Do Tigers Communicate?

Tigers are big cats, very big cats. But if you have a cat at home, you shouldn't be surprised to find out big cats and little cats communicate in similar ways. More...

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Moor Park College
Learning Language Before Birth

Learning Language Before Birth

Do babies learn language before birth? "Yes!" say scientists. Parents may not believe it, but kids start listening to them weeks before they are born.
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Article
Science News for Students
Name that (Bird) Tune!

Name that (Bird) Tune!

Can you match up the song to the bird singing it? Be sure to use the clues to help you. More...

Interactive
NOVA/PBS
Prairie Dog Language

Prairie Dog Language

Many humans think of prairie dogs as destructive rodents. But these animals live in very socialized communities with a distinct ability to "talk" to each other. More...

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Animal Planet
Scientist Profile: Neurobiologist

Scientist Profile: Neurobiologist

Erich Jarvis is a real bird brain — a highly skilled neurobiologist who studies song birds to learn how the brain controls, generates, and learns complex behaviors, such as language. More...

Profile
DragonflyTV/PBS
Visual Communication

Visual Communication

Watch these videos on some of the wild and crazy ways animals communicate using shape, color, and body language! You will be amazed! More...

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BBC
Which Animal Are You?

Which Animal Are You?

The results of this quiz will help you understand how you come across to others, what your communication strengths are, and how you can change your style to relate better to other people. More...

Interactive
Speak First
Wolf Hunting

Wolf Hunting

When you’re hungry, you just go to the kitchen to look for food, right? Not so for a wolf. Communications among wolves about hunting is essential if they are to survive. Watch this! More...

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BBC
World’s Weirdest: Bird Mimics Chainsaw, Car Alarm, and More

World’s Weirdest: Bird Mimics Chainsaw, Car Alarm, and More

The lyrebird can imitate more than 20 different bird species in a single song — but that's just the start. Car alarms, camera shutters, and chainsaws also become part of his "siren song." More...

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National Geographic

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