Responses of Captive Meadow Voles to Flyovers of a Northern Harrier and an American Kestrel
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Citation:The Ohio Journal of Science. v82, n5 (December, 1982), 238-241
Meadow voles responded to harrier and kestrel flyovers by looking-up and tracking the flight path of the bird, by entering into behavioral freezes, or by running into their nest cans. Voles responded more frequently when they could see, as well as hear, the bird overhead. When they could see the bird overhead, voles responded more frequently to the harrier than to the kestrel. Shifts in the flight pattern of the harrier did not significantly influence vole responses. Responses of voles to aerial predators may be linked to vole selection of areas with heavy protective cover.
Author Institution: Department of Zoology, The Ohio State University
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