Search image formation in the blue jay (Cyanocitta cristata)

Alexandra T. Pietrewicz, Alan C. Kamil

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Blue jays trained to detect Catocala moths in slides were exposed to two types of slide series containing these moths: series of one species and series of two species intermixed. In one-species series, detection ability increased with successive encounters with one prey type. No similar effect occurred in two-species series. These results are a direct demonstration of a specific search image.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1332-1333
Number of pages2
Issue number4399
StatePublished - 1979
Externally publishedYes

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