U of Montana Researcher Using a ‘Robo-Raptor’ to Study Alarm Communication

Published by , September 17, 2017 10:48 pm

(Cornell:AllAboutBirds) Angry songbirds such as chickadees, nuthatch­es, titmice and jays,use an the alarm call network keeps that buzzing with a wave of real-time reports that a threat from a predator species is on the move. This new information can trav­el at speeds exceeding 100 miles per hour, giving birds advance warning to take cover.
After 10 years of studying alarm calls, University of Montana research­er Erick Greene says it’s a wonder predators ever beat the system. Greene and his research teams are now using rob-raptors in a National Sci­ence Foundation-funded project to delve even deeper into the complex communications of birds that are alarm calls.

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