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1 October 2005 A trade-off between predation risk and sibling competition in the begging behavior of Coal and Great Tits
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Sibling competition selects nestlings to beg as quickly as possible when a stimulus in the nest entrance is presented. However, predation risk may select for nestlings to properly assess stimuli before begging, because nestlings that beg to erroneous stimuli may signal their position to a predator. The begging behavior of Coal Tit (Parus ater) and Great Tit (Parus major) nestlings to an artificial stimulus imitating a predator was examined. Sightless nestlings begged to the stimulus, but older nestlings did not. Developmental improvement of the sentient capacity, especially the acquisition of vision, might explain results of this study.

Gregorio Moreno-Rueda "A trade-off between predation risk and sibling competition in the begging behavior of Coal and Great Tits," Journal of Field Ornithology 76(4), 390-394, (1 October 2005). https://doi.org/10.1648/0273-8570-76.4.390
Received: 27 September 2004; Accepted: 1 March 2005; Published: 1 October 2005
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