Differential risk perception of rural and urban Burrowing Owls exposed to humans and dogs

  title={Differential risk perception of rural and urban Burrowing Owls exposed to humans and dogs},
  author={M. Cavalli and A. Baladr{\'o}n and J. Isacch and L. M. Biondi and M. B{\'o}},
  journal={Behavioural Processes},
  • M. Cavalli, A. Baladrón, +2 authors M. Bó
  • Published 2016
  • Geography, Medicine
  • Behavioural Processes
  • Urban areas expose wildlife to an array of novel predators, amongst which, humans and dogs are highly frequent. Thus, wild animals living in urban areas are forced to invest more time and energy in defence behaviours, which depend on how the risk is perceived and assessed. We experimentally tested whether Burrowing owls coming from rural and urban habitats showed differences in behavioural responses when facing humans and domestic dogs. We measured flight initiation distances (FIDs), nest… CONTINUE READING
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