Relationship of songbird nest concealment to nest fate and flushing behavior of adults
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Auk. Vol. 118, no. 1 (Jan. 2001).:p. 237-242 : ill.
Advoiding predation is an important consideration for any potential prey animal. Failure to escape from a predator results in loss of fitness, so there is strong selection for choices and behaviors that result in successful escape (Lima and Dill 1990). In their cost-benefit approach to flight from predators, Ydenberg and Dill (1986) stressed that flight should be optimized rather than maximized, because there is a cost (usually cessation of feeding) incurred by fleeing from predation. Field studies have largely supported their predictions (see Bonenfant and Kramer 1996).
KeywordsWild birds Nesting Flushing Reproductive behavior Adults Flight Parasitism Predator prey relationships Missouri Nest concealment
Burhans, Dirk E.; Thompson, Frank R. III. 2001. Relationship of songbird nest concealment to nest fate and flushing behavior of adults. Auk. Vol. 118, no. 1 (Jan. 2001).:p. 237-242 : ill.