Functional Morphology of Raptor Hindlimbs : Implications for Resource Partitioning

  title={Functional Morphology of Raptor Hindlimbs : Implications for Resource Partitioning},
  author={Andrea B Ward and PETER D. WEIGL and R M Conroy},
—Prey capture in owls and hawks is largely dependent on the biomechanics of the hindlimbs, and both limb size and grip forces potentially determine the size of prey that can be captured and the extent of possible resource partitioning among sympatric species. Morphological study of six species of sympatric raptors—the owls Otus asio, Strix varia, and Bubo virginianus; and the hawks commonly considered their diurnal ‘‘ecological equivalents,’’ Falco sparverius, Buteo lineatus, and Buteo… CONTINUE READING
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