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A Reassessment of Avian Food Caching

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Abstract:

Patterns of food caching in birds are examined with emphasis on biases found in the literature. I found that small, tropical, carnivorous or frugivorous cachers are often neglected. The concepts of short versus long term caches and scatter versus larder hoards, while heuristically useful. artificially polarize what are in nature continua. Finally, using a levels of analysis approach, I discuss the role of food abundance, rather than scarcity, in the evolution of this behaviour.

Keywords: FOOD CACHING; LEVELS OF ANALYSIS; OPPORTUNISTIC FORAGING

Document Type: Review Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3727/015613890791749046

Publication date: December 1, 1990

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  • Bird Behavior is an international and interdisciplinary journal that publishes high-quality, original research on descriptive and experimental analyses of species-typical avian behavior, including the areas of ethology, behavioral ecology, comparative psychology, and behavioral neuroscience.
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