The response of social and non-social rodents to owl attack

The response of social and non-social rodents to owl attack Behav Ecol Sociobiol (2017) 71: 131 DOI 10.1007/s00265-017-2359-4 ORIGINAL ARTICLE 1 1 1 1 1 Chen Rabi & Pazit Zadicario & Yael Mazon & Naama Wagner & David Eilam Received: 2 May 2017 /Revised: 30 June 2017 /Accepted: 20 July 2017 /Published online: 4 August 2017 Springer-Verlag GmbH Germany 2017 Abstract Significance statement Studies with individual rodents have revealed that they Freezing and fleeing are defensive responses that span the display protean (unpredictable) behavior when attacked animal kingdom, and rodents display various combinations by an owl. Other studies have revealed that voles in of these in order to prevent predators from predicting their groups reduce behavioral variability a short time after response. Groups of six voles or six spiny mice that were owl attack, as if adopting the behavior of the higher- attacked by a barn owl differentially displayed these responses mass and perhaps older and more experienced, individ- during various phases of the owl attack. Responses also varied uals. Here, we tested groups of rodents under owl at- among individuals of the same group and among different tack in order to track the behavior of individuals with- groups. Finally, we show that when exposed to an owl and Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology Springer Journals

The response of social and non-social rodents to owl attack

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