Differential behavioural and hormonal responses of voles and spiny mice to owl calls

@article{Eilam1999DifferentialBA,
  title={Differential behavioural and hormonal responses of voles and spiny mice to owl calls},
  author={David Eilam and Tamar Dayan and Shamgar Ben-Eliyahu and Ifat Schulman and C. A. Hendrie},
  journal={Animal Behaviour},
  year={1999},
  volume={58},
  pages={1085-1093}
}
Rodents usually respond to the presence of owls by reducing overall activity, in particular foraging. In this study, a playback of recorded tawny owl, Strix aluco, calls was sufficient to induce a marked effect in the social (Gunther's) vole, Microtus socialis. Some of the voles exposed to owl calls reduced their activity ('freeze' pattern) unlike control voles exposed to a human voice. Other voles, however, dashed around the cage ('flee' pattern). Owl calls also increased corticosterone levels… CONTINUE READING

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