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.

Projects

Social learning of risk recognition in wild birds

Funding: National Science Centre, grant no. 2018/31/D/NZ8/00080

PI: Jakub Szymkowiak

Duration: 2019-2022

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Information use in habitat selection decisions in songbirds

PI: Jakub Szymkowiak

Collaborators: Jukka T. Forsman, Kenneth A. Schmidt, Robert L. Thomson

Duration: 2016 – present

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Behavioral mechanisms of habitat selection processes in small songbirds: the wood warbler (Phylloscopus sibilatrix) as a case study

Funding: National Science Centre, Poland (NCN 2012/07/N/NZ8/00129)

PI: Jakub Szymkowiak

Co-investigatorsLechosław Kuczyński, Robert L. Thomson

Duration: 2013-2016

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