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Fitz News in Africa - Birds & Birding: Brains vs brawn - Strategies of a criminal

1 Jun 2012 - 13:45

PFIAO. 2012. News from the Percy FitzPatrick Institute. Brains vs brawn – Strategies of a criminal. Africa - Birds & Birding 17(3):22.

"Conflict is common when animals compete for scarce resources such as food or mates, and it can be costly, sometimes resulting in injury or even death. One way to avoid conflicts over food is to scare away competitors through the use of false-alarm calls, thus allowing the user to maintain resources through deception rather than aggression. If this strategy works, the competitor flees for cover, abandoning its prey. A recent study by Fitztitute post-doctoral fellow Dr Tom Flower, published in the journal Animal Behaviour, was the first to investigate what benefit animals gain from making false-alarm calls. Tom studied the Fork-tailed DrongoDicrurus adsimilis, a bird renowned for its aggressive behaviour, harassing raptors and stealing food from other birds...." More...

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