Flapping the ears moderately loudly and then swishing them against the neck and shoulders causing a rasping sound. For added effect, the elephant may tilt its head upwards and outward, sometimes to one side, while swishing the ears against the body. Used by elephants of all age sex groups when changing activity and, particularly audibly by adult females during Movement Space and Leadership and Avoidance contexts apparently as a signal to other family members of intention to move, depart or to change activity.

References: Poole 1982: 73; Moss 1988; Poole 1996: 143; Poole & Granli 2003; Poole & Granli 2011. (Full reference list)

This behavior occurs in the following context(s): Avoidance, Coalition Building, Movement, Space & Leadership


Context: Coalition Building (1)

The clip is of the C family as they Coalesce and prepare for a Group-Advance on us. Coming into view is gf0080 who gives an Ear-Flap-Slide as she walks with a 1 month and a 4 year old calf. Both she and Corajosa Trunk-Sweep as they move toward the others. (Gorongosa, Mozambique)