The effects of avian mobbing on a potential predator, the European kestrel, Falco tinnunculus

  title={The effects of avian mobbing on a potential predator, the European kestrel, Falco tinnunculus
  author={Richard A. Pettifor},
  journal={Animal Behaviour},
  • R. Pettifor
  • Published 1 May 1990
  • Environmental Science
  • Animal Behaviour

Effects of avian mobbing on roost use and diet of powerful owls, Ninox strenua

The species in this study took a high risk by mobbing a very large predator, but benefited by greatly reducing their chances of predation, thus reducing the chances of an owl being detected by potential mobbers.

The Adaptive Significance of Avian Mobbing V. An Experimental Test of the ‘Move On’ Hypothesis

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Local predation pressure predicts the strength of mobbing responses in tropical birds

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Seasonal variation in mobbing behaviour of passerine birds

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Cost of mobbing call to breeding pied flycatcher, Ficedula hypoleuca

The results of the present study indicate that repeated conspicuous mobbing calls may carry a significant cost for birds during the breeding season.

Long-lasting mobbing of the pied flycatcher increases the risk of nest predation

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Mobbing of the top predator: a correlation between avian community richness and the number of mobbing species

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Exposure affects the risk of an owl being mobbed / experimental evidence

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Responses by breeding birds to heterospecific song and mobbing call playbacks under varying predation risk

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Seasonal Variation and Function of Mobbing and Related Antipredator Behaviors of the American Robin (Turdus migratorius)

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Nest defence in the American goldfinch


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