Exploitation of an ancient escape circuit by an avian predator: prey sensitivity to model predator display in the field.

Abstract

Certain insectivorous birds, such as the painted redstart (Myioborus pictus), undertake flush pursuit--a characteristic display that elicits an escape reaction by an insect, which the bird then chases in the air and eats. This account describes experiments showing that flush pursuit uses visual displays, which are likely to exploit an ancient neural circuit… (More)

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