Systematic foraging by a nectar-feeding bird, the amakihi (Loxops virens)

Alan C. Kamil

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Conducted a field study of the nectar-foraging behavior of amakihi, a nectar-feeding species of Hawaiian honeycreeper. The frequency and temporal distribution of visits to particular flower clusters showed that individual Ss avoided repeated visits to the same cluster and temporally patterned those repeat visits that did take place. This systematic behavior is probably learned, and its existence under natural conditions indicates the potential adaptive significance of phenomena often studied in the laboratory, such as alternation learning and spontaneous alternation. (28 ref) (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)388-396
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Comparative and Physiological Psychology
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jun 1978


  • field observation, systematic foraging behavior, amakihis

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  • Medicine(all)


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