Behavioural response of European starlings exposed to video playback of conspecific flocks: effect of social context and predator threat.

@article{Zoratto2014BehaviouralRO,
  title={Behavioural response of European starlings exposed to video playback of conspecific flocks: effect of social context and predator threat.},
  author={Francesca Zoratto and Leonardo Manzari and Ludovica Oddi and Rianne Pinxten and Marcel Eens and Daniela Santucci and Enrico Alleva and Claudio Carere},
  journal={Behavioural processes},
  year={2014},
  volume={103},
  pages={269-77}
}
We studied the behavioural response of European starlings to a socially mediated predation event. Adult starlings were exposed to either a video of a flock attacked by a peregrine falcon or a video of a flock not under attack. We investigated whether the social condition affected the anti-predator response under the hypothesis that in such a gregarious species singletons would increase their anti-predator behaviour more than individuals in groups, to compensate for potential increased risk. The… CONTINUE READING
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