Introduced Mammalian Predators Induce Behavioural Changes in Parental Care in an Endemic New Zealand Bird

@article{Massaro2008IntroducedMP,
  title={Introduced Mammalian Predators Induce Behavioural Changes in Parental Care in an Endemic New Zealand Bird},
  author={Melanie Massaro and Amanda Starling-Windhof and James V. Briskie and Thomas E Martin},
  journal={PLoS ONE},
  year={2008},
  volume={3},
  pages={1955 - 1958}
}
The introduction of predatory mammals to oceanic islands has led to the extinction of many endemic birds. Although introduced predators should favour changes that reduce predation risk in surviving bird species, the ability of island birds to respond to such novel changes remains unstudied. We tested whether novel predation risk imposed by introduced mammalian predators has altered the parental behaviour of the endemic New Zealand bellbird (Anthornis melanura). We examined parental behaviour of… CONTINUE READING

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