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The height of approaching humans does not affect flight-initiation distance

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posted on 2015-01-01, 00:00 authored by Wouter Van DongenWouter Van Dongen, E M McLeod, R A Mulder, Mike WestonMike Weston, Patrick GuayPatrick Guay
Capsule: Responses of animals to anthropogenic disturbances are often quantified using flight-initiation distance, the distance at which an animal flees a stimulus such as a person. We showed that the height of 20 researchers, selected to represent a diversity of heights, did not affect estimates of flight-initiation distance of Black Swans Cygnus atratus, suggesting that the height of humans used to test hypotheses of flight-initiation distances is not a confounding variable.

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Journal

Bird study: the science of pure and applied orinthology

Volume

62

Issue

2

Pagination

285 - 288

Publisher

British Trust for Ornithology

Location

Oxford, Eng.

ISSN

0006-3657

eISSN

1944-6705

Language

eng

Publication classification

C Journal article; C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal

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2015, British Trust for Ornithology