Visual detection of cryptic prey by blue jays (Cyanocitta cristata)

Alexandra T. Pietrewicz, Alan C. Kamil

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Abstract

Blue jays learned to respond differentially to the presence or absence of Catocala moths in slides. This detection of the moths by the jays was affected by the background upon which the moth was placed and its body orientation, thus providing an objective measure of crypticity. These procedures are useful for the study of visual detection of prey.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)580-582
Number of pages3
JournalScience
Volume195
Issue number4278
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 1977

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