The function of avian mobbing: an experimental test of ‘attract the mightier’ hypothesis

  title={The function of avian mobbing: an experimental test of ‘attract the mightier’ hypothesis},
  author={Wei-Hsuan Fang and Yu-Hsun Hsu and Wen-Loung Lin and Shih-Ching Yen},
  journal={Animal Behaviour},

Mobbing in animals: a thorough review and proposed future directions

This review explores what mobbing is, how it is used, what its functions are thought to be, its use as a proxy for cognition, before providing suggestions for specific future avenues of research necessary to improve the understanding of mobbing in its ecological and evolutionary context.



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

This paper presents the first experimental study of the effects of mobbing on predators. Two captive little owls Athene noctua and a tawny owl Strix aluco, having stabilized activity patterns and

Are Blackcaps (Sylvia atricapilla) defending their nests also calling for help from their neighbours?

  • T. Grim
  • Environmental Science
    Journal of Ornithology
  • 2007
It is argued that this hypothesis is unlikely to apply to typical avian predators during nest predation acts because these only last for several seconds, and the observed pattern of the positive correlation between the intensity of nest defence and the number of attracted birds is most likely a proximate by-product of the conspicuous nest defence by Blackcaps.

The function of mobbing in cooperative meerkats

Birds respond similarly to taxidermic models and live cuckoos Cuculus canorus

The use of a dummy for studying mobbing of hosts and non-hosts of the cuckoo provide results that are similar to those made in response to the behaviour of live hosts, despite the fact that these models do not move or vocalize.

Mobbing behavior and fatal attacks on snakes by Fasciated Antshrikes (Cymbilaimus lineatus)

Observations of mobbing behavior and fatal attacks of snakes by individuals of a tropical bird species, the Fasciated Antshrike, suggest that passerines can also present a threat to potential snake predators and that mobbing is likely important in influencing predation rate.

Observations of mobbing and other agonistic responses to the Powerful Owl Ninox strenua

This study observed mobbing by three species of bird and one mammal that were not previously recorded as mobbing species, including agonistic responses by a Tawny Frogmouth Podargus strigoides and Common Brushtail Possum Trichosurus vulpecula during the time owls were active.

Mobbing behaviour in a passerine community increases with prevalence in predator diet

This study shows a differential mobbing response of 22 species to the calls from one predator species and underscores the importance of considering seasonal variation in mobbing behaviour.

Crying wolf to a predator: deceptive vocal mimicry by a bird protecting young

It is demonstrated that prey can fool predators by deceptively mimicking alarm calls of harmless species, suggesting that defensive mimicry could be more widespread because of indirect effects on predators within a web of eavesdropping.