Navigation in a cup: chick positioning in great tit, Parus major, nests

@article{Klliker2004NavigationIA,
  title={Navigation in a cup: chick positioning in great tit, Parus major, nests},
  author={Mathias K{\"o}lliker and Heinz Richner},
  journal={Animal Behaviour},
  year={2004},
  volume={68},
  pages={941-948}
}
Parent birds often feed from predictable sites at the nest and nestlings compete for access to positions close to them. Such scrambling for stable parentally favoured positions may relate to optimal foraging theory. For efficient foraging, nestlings should be able to associate begging payoffs with the available positions in the nestcup and use this information to position themselves before parental arrival at the nest. We tested this prediction experimentally in the great tit by keeping… CONTINUE READING
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