Escape Distance in Ground-Nesting Birds Differs with Individual Level of Camouflage

  title={Escape Distance in Ground-Nesting Birds Differs with Individual Level of Camouflage},
  author={Jared Wilson‐Aggarwal and Jolyon Troscianko and Martin Stevens and Claire N. Spottiswoode},
  journal={The American Naturalist},
  pages={231 - 239}
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