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Avian Urban Ecology$
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Diego Gil and Henrik Brumm

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199661572

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199661572.001.0001

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Attention, habituation, and antipredator behaviour

Attention, habituation, and antipredator behaviour

implications for urban birds

(p.41) Chapter 4 Attention, habituation, and antipredator behaviour
Avian Urban Ecology

Daniel T. Blumstein

Oxford University Press

This chapter demonstrates how antipredator behaviour can provide important insights into how birds may respond to urbanization. It suggests that the key to understanding how humans impact animals is to view people as predators, as they have been during much of their entire evolutionary history. Predators approach animals, animals flee and hide from them; capitalizing on these flight responses can provide fundamental insights into how species perceive humans. The chapter reviews several studies that deal with variations in the disturbance susceptibility of bird species, the natural history of habituation, and the effects of anthropogenic noise.

Keywords:   birds, antipredator behaviour, urbanization, behavioural change, habituation, anthropogenic noise

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