Cognitive ethology of birds
We study how singing birds deal with dangers they have to face in their natural environment. We focus specifically on how birds react to unsuitable or dangerous prey, how they defend themselves against their predators and how the males confront their sexual rivals. Beyond the description of these behaviors we study the mechanisms by which birds recognize danger based on visual and acoustic signals. We conduct our field experiments in summer (experiments by the nests) and in winter (experiments by the feeders). Our model species are great tit (Parus major) and red-backed shrike (Lanius collurio), we however study other species too, especially corvids and raptors, but also owls and terns.
Head: RNDr. Roman Fuchs, CSc.
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Recognition & discrimination of prey by great tits (Parus major) (Karlíková et al., 2012)
How to recognize a predator: to use features or concept? (Beránková et al., 2012)
Kognitivní schopnosti ptáků založené na abstraktních zrakových stimulech (Nácar et al., 2010)
Center of Cognitive Ethology
Institute of Entomology CAS
Insitute of Hydrobiology CAS
Department of Zoology, FS CUP
Department of Ethology: Výzkumný ústav živočišné výroby, v.v.i.
Institute of Parasitology CAS
Institute of Soil Biology CAS
Institute of Animal Physiology and Genetics CAS
Institute of Vertebrate Biology CAS
University Duisburg-Essen Department of Zoology