“Necking” behaviour in the giraffe
Article first published online: 20 AUG 2009
Journal of Zoology
Volume 151, Issue 1, pages 313–321, January 1967
How to Cite
Coe1, M. J. (1967), “Necking” behaviour in the giraffe. Journal of Zoology, 151: 313–321. doi: 10.1111/j.1469-7998.1967.tb02880.x
- Issue published online: 20 AUG 2009
- Article first published online: 20 AUG 2009
- Accepted 12 September 1966
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Previous references to “necking” behaviour, and the main features of the study area are briefly outlined.
“Necking” behaviour in giraffe takes place only in all male herds. When the animals are in a head to head posture the intensity is either high or low, but when animals take up a head to tail posture the actions are always of high intensity and appear to have greater sexual significance.
The significance of “necking” is discussed, and it is suggested that these ritualized actions form an important sexuo-social bonding mechanism whereby a hierarchy is created amongst the males,and movement between strictly bachelor and mixed herds helps to maintain contact between the sexesin this polygamous mammal.