Learning and information use in birds
Birds live in environments that are heterogeneous at various spatial and temporal scales regarding abiotic, biotic, and social characteristics. The key feature of adaptive behavior in a heterogeneous environment is learning and information use. Current research projects focus on understanding how birds learn to recognize their enemies, how information about predation risk spreads within avian communities via eavesdropping on alarm calls, and how birds use social and non-social information for habitat selection decisions. Empirical studies use wood warbler (Phylloscopus sibilatrix) as a main model species.
Behavioral mechanisms of habitat selection processes in small songbirds: the wood warbler (Phylloscopus sibilatrix) as a case study