Different Observational Learning Capacity in Juvenile and Adult Individuals of Congeneric Bird Species
and Summary Since the adaptive significance of social organization is emphasized diversely in both anti-predator behaviour and food searching of birds, measures and comparisons of observational…
Avoidance of aposematic prey in European tits (Paridae): learned or innate?
Because blue tits and coal tits avoided not only aposematic firebugs but also their brown-painted form, this work interprets their behavior as innate neophobia rather than innate bias against the warning coloration.
Evidence against observational spatial memory for cache locations of conspecifics in marsh tits Poecile palustris
- BiologyBehavioral Ecology and Sociobiology
It is demonstrated that “pilfering by observational memorization strategy” is not a general strategy in parids and, most likely, birds owning many caches do not need this foraging strategy.
How mixed-species foraging flocks develop in response to benefits from observational learning
- PsychologyAnimal Behaviour
There was a baseline preference for approaching conspecifics but this could be overcome by learnt associations so that the birds would then approach non-conspecials.
Evidence from laboratory studies
- Biology, Psychology
Investigation of the cognitive abilities of two members of the Paridae family; marsh tits and great tits found cognitive differences between two species that differ in their foraging strategies of these species.
Similarity in the development of foraging mechanics among sibling ospreys
The development of foraging behavior was examined in a population of fledgling Ospreys in north-central Florida during the 1985 and 1986 postfledging periods and individual young in both years exhibited considerable variability in foraging technique.
Milk bottles revisited: social learning and individual variation in the blue tit, Cyanistes caeruleus
- BiologyAnimal Behaviour
The effect of social learning on avoidance of aposematic prey in juvenile great tits (Parus major)
- Biology, PsychologyAnimal Cognition
Socially enhanced learning to avoid aposematic prey might be a mechanism important especially for naive juvenile birds learning from their parents, but it could also enhance learning in adults from their more experienced flock mates.
Wild‐caught great titsParus majorfail to use tools in a laboratory experiment, despite facilitation
It is believed that tool use might be difficult for some birds to learn since the skills required for this ability seem not to be part of their natural foraging behaviour, unlike corvids and parrots, which can learn to use tools in captivity.
Individual differences in the use of social information in foraging by captive great tits
- PsychologyAnimal Behaviour
Individual differences in copying behaviour of captive great tits, Parus major, are investigated by analysing their response to a tutor indicating a new feeding site, consistent with the producer-scrounger model.
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The hunting behaviour of individual great tits in relation to spatial variations in their food density
- Environmental Science
Social learning and the significance of mixed-species flocks of chickadees (Parus spp.)
The experiments described in this paper show that two species of chickadees learn from one another about the location and nature of potential feeding places when they are foraging together in mixed…
On the correlation of brain size and problem-solving behavior of ring doves and pigeons.
- Psychology, BiologyBrain, behavior and evolution
It was concluded that Rensch's hypothesis of increased brain size being correlated with increased capability can be extended to a perceptual problem-solving task but may not be generalizable to all types of behavior capabilities.