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An Experimental Test of Predator Detection Rates Using Groups of Free-living Emus

Boland, Christopher R. J.


Improved predator detection is often stated to be one of the principal benefits of social foraging. However, actual field evidence supporting this assumption is scarce. This may be the result of the fact that most observations are conducted on social animals acting in the absence of an acute predation threat, yet the benefits of grouping come to the fore in that brief moment when an individual's life is at risk. As predation attempts are typically rare in nature, experimental manipulations are...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2003-02-23
Type: Journal article
Source: Ethology
DOI: 10.1046/j.1439-0310.2003.00860.x


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