Video: Talk of the (Prairie Dog) Town

Candice Gaukel Andrews October 14, 2010 2

Prairie dogs live in tight-knit family groups called “coteries.” They alert one another, for example, that there’s not just a human approaching their burrows, but a tall human wearing the color blue.

Which animal has the most complex communication system? You may have guessed whales or wolves. Researchers, however, now think that prairie dogs just might have the most sophisticated language of all nonhuman animals.

Watch the video below, as prairie dogs sound the alarm call for “Coyote!” through their town.

Here’s to finding your true places and natural habitats,




  1. Travis October 16, 2010 at 9:31 am - Reply

    That spectral analysis was really cool!

  2. Kris October 14, 2010 at 9:47 am - Reply

    This is great! I love prairie dogs, but had no idea their communication abilities were so complex. Would they make good pets? 🙂

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