Antipredator behavior in blackbirds: habituation complements risk allocation

@article{RodrguezPrieto2009AntipredatorBI,
  title={Antipredator behavior in blackbirds: habituation complements risk allocation},
  author={I{\~n}aki Rodr{\'i}guez-Prieto and Esteban Fern{\'a}ndez-Juricic and J. Martin and Yohana Regis},
  journal={Behavioral Ecology},
  year={2009},
  volume={20},
  pages={371-377}
}
Several studies showed that animals allow closer approaches (measured through flight initiation distances, FIDs) by potential predators (e.g., humans) in high--predator density areas, which has been explained by habituation effects. We assessed whether this pattern could be produced by not only habituation but also risk allocation by simulating attacks on blackbirds Turdus merula by both usual (pedestrians) and novel (radio-controlled vehicle) potential predators in parks with different levels… Expand
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