Group foraging in wild brown hares: effects of resource distribution and social status

@article{Monaghan1985GroupFI,
  title={Group foraging in wild brown hares: effects of resource distribution and social status},
  author={Pat Monaghan and Neil B. Metcalfe},
  journal={Animal Behaviour},
  year={1985},
  volume={33},
  pages={993-999}
}
Wild brown hares (Lepus europaeus), though normally comparatively solitary, have the capacity to adjust their behaviour such that they can benefit when foraging in groups. They are able to allocate more time to feeding and have an increased corporate vigilance as group size increases. However, these benefits are conditional upon the food distribution. When food is spaced, all individuals benefit. When it is clumped into a small defendable patch, dominant hares attempt to monopolize the resource… CONTINUE READING

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