Background complexity and the detectability of camouflaged targets by birds and humans.

@article{Xiao2016BackgroundCA,
  title={Background complexity and the detectability of camouflaged targets by birds and humans.},
  author={Feng Xiao and Innes C. Cuthill},
  journal={Proceedings. Biological sciences},
  year={2016},
  volume={283 1838}
}
Remaining undetected is often key to survival, and camouflage is a widespread solution. However, extrinsic to the animal itself, the complexity of the background may be important. This has been shown in laboratory experiments using artificially patterned prey and backgrounds, but the mechanism remains obscure (not least because 'complexity' is a multifaceted concept). In this study, we determined the best predictors of detection by wild birds and human participants searching for the same… CONTINUE READING
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