Plastic pikas: Behavioural flexibility in low-elevation pikas (Ochotona princeps).

  title={Plastic pikas: Behavioural flexibility in low-elevation pikas (Ochotona princeps).},
  author={Johanna Varner and Joshua J. Horns and Mallory S. Lambert and Elizabeth Westberg and James S Ruff and Katelyn Wolfenberger and Erik A. Beever and M. Denise Dearing},
  journal={Behavioural processes},
Behaviour is an important mechanism for accommodating rapid environmental changes. Understanding a species' capacity for behavioural plasticity is therefore a key, but understudied, aspect of developing tractable conservation and management plans under climate-change scenarios. Here, we quantified behavioural differences between American pikas (Ochotona princeps) living in an atypical, low-elevation habitat versus those living in a more-typical, alpine habitat. With respect to foraging strategy… CONTINUE READING
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