Pygmy owl Glaucidium passerinum and the usage of ultraviolet cues of prey

@inproceedings{Hrm2011PygmyOG,
  title={Pygmy owl Glaucidium passerinum and the usage of ultraviolet cues of prey},
  author={Oskari H{\"a}rm{\"a} and Santtu Kareksela and Heli Siitari and Jukka Suhonen},
  year={2011}
}
  • Oskari Härmä, Santtu Kareksela, +1 author Jukka Suhonen
  • Published 2011
  • Biology
  • Birds rely mainly on their vision when foraging. Many diurnal raptors use ultraviolet (UV) vision and ultraviolet-reflecting vole scent marks to find suitable hunting areas, whereas nocturnal owls seem to lack this ability. We studied if the diurnal pygmy owl Glaucidium passerinum that uses voles and birds as its food can detect vole scent marks using UV-vision. We conducted a laboratory experiment with eleven owls. Each individual owl had four options to choose from: (1) scent marks with UV… CONTINUE READING

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