[NetBehaviour] Learned imitation cross-species behavior in Toronto

Alan Sondheim sondheim at panix.com
Tue Jun 11 06:47:43 CEST 2013



Learned imitation cross-species behavior in Toronto

http://www.alansondheim.org/rockdovegull.mp4

Observe the pigeon behavior; there's too little (thrown)
food, and too many pigeons = competition. The new
behavior - I was barely able to capture it - is that of
a pigeon (rock dove) spreading its wings to look fierce
and mobbing the others. We have never seen this behavior
in New York, and we're veteran bird culture observers.
Note that ring-billed gulls enter the picture and use the
same technique; while it may be common among them, we
haven't seen this either. The conclusion is that once
species learned it from the other - probably the pigeon
from the gull. It was fascinating to watch; while I was
videoing, the food source, an older man, walked away, and
the event was over.

(Shot on the University of Toronto campus.)




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