A reassessment of the effect of body mass upon flight speed and predation risk in birds

@article{Veasey1998ARO,
  title={A reassessment of the effect of body mass upon flight speed and predation risk in birds},
  author={Jake S Veasey and Neil B. Metcalfe and David C. Houston},
  journal={Animal Behaviour},
  year={1998},
  volume={56},
  pages={883-889}
}
A number of theoretical studies have predicted that avian predation risk is mass dependent. Models of bird flight predict that increased mass will reduce flight velocity, making birds more vulnerable to predation. Empirical studies supporting this have demonstrated a significant relationship between mass and routine flight velocity (when birds are not alarmed). Studies investigating the effects of mass upon flight velocity when birds are alarmed, however, tend to show that the mass/velocity… CONTINUE READING

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