Avian nest defence behaviour: assessment in relation to predator distance and type, and nest height

@article{Kleindorfer2005AvianND,
  title={Avian nest defence behaviour: assessment in relation to predator distance and type, and nest height},
  author={Sonia Kleindorfer and Birgit Fessl and Herbert Hoi},
  journal={Animal Behaviour},
  year={2005},
  volume={69},
  pages={307-313}
}
We examined nest defence behaviour in relation to predator distance and type, and nest height in three closely related Acrocephalus warblers: moustached warbler, A. melanopogon, reed warbler, A. scirpaceus and great reed warbler, A. arundinaceus. We tested predictions of the dynamic risk assessment hypothesis for nest defence using experimental placement of three predator types (snake, stoat, harrier) 1 and 5m from the nest. All species responded strongly to changes in predator distance, with… CONTINUE READING
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