Storage of stones by Jays Garrulus glandarius

Clayton, N. S., Griffiths, D. and Bennett, A. T. D. 1994, Storage of stones by Jays Garrulus glandarius, Ibis, vol. 136, no. 3, pp. 331-334.


Title Storage of stones by Jays Garrulus glandarius
Author(s) Clayton, N. S.
Griffiths, D.
Bennett, A. T. D.
Journal name Ibis
Volume number 136
Issue number 3
Start page 331
End page 334
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell Publishing
Place of publication Oxford, England
Publication date 1994-07
ISSN 0019-1019
1474-919X
Summary The aims of this study were to test whether or not Jays Garrulus glandarius store stones and, if so, to examine the conditions under which they store stones. By directly observing the behaviour of five captive jays that were housed individually in flight cages, we found that stones were stored only in the absence of food items or when food items were no longer available to store and that there was a strong preference for storing stones that resembled acorns in both size and appearance (in terms of colour, shape and smoothness of the surface) and were undamaged rather than heavily chipped. These results are discussed in terms of Tinbergen's classic ethological model in which animals respond selectively to certain key features and ignore other features of the stimulus.
Language eng
Field of Research 059999 Environmental Sciences not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©1994, British Ornithologists Union
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30022766

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