A STOCHASTIC ANALYSIS OF THE MAINTENANCE BEHAVIOUR OF SKYLARKS by JUAN D. DELIUS 1) 2) (Dept. of Zoology, Oxford, and Dept. of Psychology, Durham, England) (With 24 Figures) (Rec. 5-VII-1968) INTRODUCTION This paper, which is one of a series dealing with the behaviour and ecology of the Skylark Alauda arvensis (DELIUS, 1963, 1965) has a twofold aim. It describes, along the usual ethological lines, the maintenance behaviour of this bird. Although often neglected, non reproductive behaviour has lately attracted some attention perhaps mainly because of the frequent and seemingly irrelevant appearance some of it makes in the context of reproductive behaviour (e.g., VAN IERSEL & BOL, 1958), but also because it challenges an explanation in being recognisably organised (e.g., EWER, 1967), or because of its significance in comparative studies (e.g., McKiNNEY, 1965). At the same time, however, the paper is an attempt of applying an analytical procedure which seems potentially useful for behavioural studies. While the desirability of quantitative behaviour descriptions has long been recognized, a confusing variety of descriptive frameworks have been used. Spectral functions would seem eminently suited to replace some of this variety since they usefully typify a wide variety of stochastic processes (BARTLETT, 1966).
Behaviour – Brill
Published: Jan 1, 1969
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