Thorogood, R; Kokko, H; Mappes, J

Foraging behaviour of Parus major held in temporary captivity

The data set describes foraging decisions by great tits (Parus major), held in temporary captivity. Data were collected from birds caught from forest at the University of Jyväskylä Research Station, Konnevesi (62°37.7'N 026°17'E), Finland, and were collected during the winter of 2013-2014. Birds were presented with (1) two different coloured plastic cups, or (2) two different artificial prey (almond pieces inside a paper packet and printed with a black and white symbol). One symbol was made bitter-tasting by soaking the almond piece in chloroquine, and learning behaviour was recorded over three trials. Half of the birds in both experiments were presented videos of a demonstrator great tit, to provide social information about prey characteristics and unpalatability. Data were collected to test hypotheses about the evolutionary consequences of social information use by predators as part of a NERC-funded Independent Research Fellowship.

Publication date: 2017-10-20

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Format of the dataset : Comma-separated values (CSV)

This dataset is made available under the terms of the Open Government Licence

You must cite: Thorogood, R; Kokko, H; Mappes, J (2017). Foraging behaviour of Parus major held in temporary captivity. NERC Environmental Information Data Centre. https://doi.org/10.5285/db55406b-c9a1-4a9e-88c2-2abbcb4bcad3

 

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Where/When

Study area
Temporal extent
2013-10-17    to    2014-01-24

Supplemental information

This dataset is cited by:

Thorogood, R., Kokko, H., & Mappes, J. (2018). Social transmission of avoidance among predators facilitates the spread of novel prey (p. ). Apollo - University of Cambridge Repository

Provenance & quality

Data on foraging decisions of wild great tits (Paris major), held in captivity temporarily, were collected between 17th October 2013 - 24th January 2014 in central Finland. Data were generated during two procedures, with 14 out of 56 birds used to generate both parts of the dataset. Half of the birds were presented with video playback before the foraging test to provide social information about food options.

Correspondence/contact details

Dr. Rose Thorogood
University of Cambridge
rt303@cam.ac.uk

Authors

Thorogood, R
University of Cambridge
Kokko, H
University of Zurich
Mappes, J
University of Jyväskylä

Other contacts

Custodian
Environmental Information Data Centre
eidc@ceh.ac.uk
Publisher
NERC Environmental Information Data Centre
eidc@ceh.ac.uk

Spatial

Spatial representation type
Tabular (text)

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Topic categories
Biota
Keywords
Animal behaviour aposematism,  evolution,  Evolutionary ecology foraging,  Great tit,  Konnevesi Parus major prey defence,  Wild bird
INSPIRE Theme
Species Distribution