Effects of predation-risk on habitat use by Himalayan Snowcocks

  title={Effects of predation-risk on habitat use by Himalayan Snowcocks},
  author={James Dean Bland and Stanley A. Temple},
SummaryWhen given a choice, animals often prefer foraging habitats where predation risk is low, even if such habitats provide reduced foraging opportunities. We evaluated foraging rates of tame but free-ranging Himalayan Snowcocks (Tetraogallus himalayensis) in 16 types of alpine habitats. Foraging rate was highest on level or slightly-sloping terrain and where grasses were relatively abundant. We also observed 102 wild snowcocks and found they were most nervous about raptorial predators when… 

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