Saving the best for last: Differential usage of impaled prey by red-backed shrike (Lanius collurio) during the breeding season

@article{Morelli2015SavingTB,
  title={Saving the best for last: Differential usage of impaled prey by red-backed shrike (Lanius collurio) during the breeding season},
  author={Federico Morelli and Rapha{\"e}l Bussi{\`e}re and Artur Goławski and Piotr Tryjanowski and Reuven Yosef},
  journal={Behavioural Processes},
  year={2015},
  volume={119},
  pages={6-13}
}
We compared the prey composition of the red-backed shrike's (Lanius collurio) larders in agricultural habitats in Italy, France and Poland. This species exhibits the behaviour of impaling prey in larders, a behaviour attributed not only to storing food, but also as a social indication for sexual selection and/or demarcation of territories. A total of 426 impaled items were identified in 244 larders. Most common prey were identified for each country: Insecta (Hymenoptera) in Italy, Amphibia… CONTINUE READING
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