How Dingoes Communicate

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Just like any other wildlife species, dingoes have their unique way of communicating in various situations. The difference between dingoes and domestic dogs is that the first have the tendency to bark less and make other sounds, rather than the latter. Researchers have developed a classification scheme, which shows that dingoes have eight sounds. Most often, people will say that they have heard these animals howl and that they most likely never bark, but this is not true. Dingoes bark just as any other dog like species, but they prefer howling and other sounds instead.

As opposed to dogs, dingoes only use barking to warn people and other animals to stay away from them. Researchers have noted that they make short and simple sounds, while barking, that never chance in gravity and tone. An interesting feature here is that these animals cannot bark for longer periods, as dogs do; they just produce a simple sound. Instead of barking, the most frequent way of communication used by dingoes is howling. Researchers have found that the howls are much more diversified and can be found in approximately ten different forms. These have been characterized by three features according to the way they are heard: short, rising and long. The most important classification of howl communication is that divides these sounds into: snuffs, moans and bark-howls. In addition to these forms of manifestations, dingoes also communicate through growls, as a defense mechanism, as well as through marking certain objects and places with their scent, through urine, feces and saliva. This way, they mark their territory and protect their families.

Dingoes are very interesting as a species of wild dogs and they can act and communicate in many forms. In natural reservations and habitats, you can very easily spot dingoes, but if you do not, you will at least most surely hear them. Communication among animals is done through sounds and smells in general, and this species are not an exception from this behavior.

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