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Type of publication: Journal Article
Type of document: Full Paper

Year: 2021

Authors: Mioduszewska, B; O'Hara, M; Stryjek, R

Title: Novelty at dawn: Exploration, low neophobia and crepuscular activity in a wild Common Buzzard (Buteo buteo).

Source: Avian Biol Res. 2021 14 (4) 143-148.

Authors Vetmeduni Vienna:

Mioduszewska Berenika
O'Hara Mark Christopher

Vetmed Research Units
Messerli Research Institute, Comparative Cognition

Project(s): Cognitive ecology of Goffin`s cockatoos (Cacatua Goffiniana)

Raptor cognition has received limited research attention, despite the importance of comparative investigations for reconstructing the evolution of complex cognition. Field studies provide essential ecological context for cognition in the natural habitat, although this approach is often challenging due to extensive procedures involved in cognitive testing. One predisposition suggested to contribute to problem-solving behaviour is the response to novel stimuli. In this pilot study, a novel object test was conducted on an outdoor feeding platform to assess the neotic responses of a single wild free-ranging Common Buzzard (Buteo buteo), a generalist/opportunist diurnal predator species. Additionally, data on its daily activity were collected. As predicted, the subject expressed low neophobia and some exploratory behaviours. Interestingly, it repeatedly arrived on the platform in low light conditions. This study highlights the influence of foraging ecology on cognitive predispositions and offers a field method for research on raptor cognition.

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