Social behaviour of the steppe-dwelling black-lipped pika.

A. T. Smith, H. J. Smith, Xue Gao Wang Xue Gao, Xiangchu Yin Xiangchu, Junxiun Liang Junxiun

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Ochotona curzoniae were studied near Qinghai Lake on the Qinghai-Xizang (Tibet) Plateau, People's Republic of China. Pikas lived in burrows on an alpine steppe meadow. The dense population (>100/ha) was structured in monogamous family groups composed of a single adult male, a single adult female, older (half-grown) juveniles, and younger (newly weaned) juveniles. Individuals in all sex and age classes were frequently active and engaged in a wide variety of social and nonsocial behaviors. O. curzoniae exhibited a rich vocal repertoire of at least 7 distinct calls. Social interactions and vocalizations associated with these interactions were most often expressed by younger juveniles. Most adult vocalizations were given in a nonsocial context.-from Authors

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)57-74
Number of pages18
JournalNational Geographic Research
Volume2
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1986

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Smith, A. T., Smith, H. J., Wang Xue Gao, X. G., Yin Xiangchu, X., & Liang Junxiun, J. (1986). Social behaviour of the steppe-dwelling black-lipped pika. National Geographic Research, 2(1), 57-74.

Social behaviour of the steppe-dwelling black-lipped pika. / Smith, A. T.; Smith, H. J.; Wang Xue Gao, Xue Gao; Yin Xiangchu, Xiangchu; Liang Junxiun, Junxiun.

In: National Geographic Research, Vol. 2, No. 1, 1986, p. 57-74.

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Smith, AT, Smith, HJ, Wang Xue Gao, XG, Yin Xiangchu, X & Liang Junxiun, J 1986, 'Social behaviour of the steppe-dwelling black-lipped pika.', National Geographic Research, vol. 2, no. 1, pp. 57-74.
Smith AT, Smith HJ, Wang Xue Gao XG, Yin Xiangchu X, Liang Junxiun J. Social behaviour of the steppe-dwelling black-lipped pika. National Geographic Research. 1986;2(1):57-74.
Smith, A. T. ; Smith, H. J. ; Wang Xue Gao, Xue Gao ; Yin Xiangchu, Xiangchu ; Liang Junxiun, Junxiun. / Social behaviour of the steppe-dwelling black-lipped pika. In: National Geographic Research. 1986 ; Vol. 2, No. 1. pp. 57-74.
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