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Resolving human–wildlife conflicts requires the assessment and implementation of appropriate technical measures that minimize negative impacts on socio-economic uses, including agriculture, and ensure the adequate protection of biological diversity. Rice paddies...

["Agricultural Science","Animal Behavior","Conservation Biology","Biosphere Interactions","Natural Resource Management"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.4518
23 downloads
260 views

Background Trichotillomania (TTM) is an impulse control disorder characterized by repetitive hair pulling/trimming. Barbering behavior (BB) observed in laboratory animals is proposed as a model of TTM. The neurobiological basis of TTM is unclear, but involves striatal...

["Animal Behavior","Neuroscience","Pharmacology","Psychiatry and Psychology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.4635
275 downloads
2,496 views

The birds-of-paradise (Aves: Paradisaeidae) are a quintessential example of elaborate ornamental diversification among animals. Ornamental evolution in the birds-of-paradise is exemplified by the presence of a highly integrated courtship phenotype, which is the...

["Animal Behavior","Taxonomy","Zoology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.4621
38 downloads
209 views

Background The hatch window that varies from 24 to 48 h is known to influence post-hatch performance of chicks. A narrow hatch window is needed for commercial poultry industry to acquire a high level of uniformity of chick quality. Hatching synchronization observed...

["Agricultural Science","Animal Behavior","Conservation Biology","Developmental Biology","Zoology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.4634
657 downloads
4,804 views

The use of limbs for foraging is documented in both marine and terrestrial tetrapods. These behaviors were once believed to be less likely in marine tetrapods due to the physical constraints of body plans adapted to locomotion in a fluid environment. Despite these...

["Animal Behavior","Ecology","Evolutionary Studies","Marine Biology","Zoology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.4565
85 downloads
395 views

Parasites are well-known to alter the behavior of their hosts, but there is still a paucity of knowledge about how parasites modify the behavior of many ecologically influential host species. I studied the keystone grazer, the salt marsh periwinkle (Littoraria...

["Animal Behavior","Ecology","Marine Biology","Parasitology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.4544
40 downloads
262 views

During the breeding season, male harbor seals (Phoca vitulina) make underwater acoustic displays using vocalizations known as roars. These roars have been shown to function in territory establishment in some breeding areas and have been hypothesized to be important...

["Animal Behavior","Ecology","Marine Biology","Zoology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.4547
89 downloads
721 views

Birds sitting or feeding on live large African herbivorous mammals are a visible, yet quite neglected, type of commensalistic–mutualistic association. Here, we investigate general patterns in such relationships at large spatial and taxonomic scales. To obtain large-scale...

["Animal Behavior","Biodiversity","Ecology","Zoology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.4520
59 downloads
448 views

The escaping behavior of termites has been documented under laboratory conditions; however, no study has been conducted in a field setting due to the difficulty of observing natural behaviors inside wood or structures (e.g., nests, tunnels, etc.). The black-winged...

["Agricultural Science","Animal Behavior","Entomology","Zoology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.4513
54 downloads
637 views

Small mammals in habitats with strong seasonal variation in the thermal environment often exhibit physiological and behavioral adaptations for coping with thermal extremes and reducing thermoregulatory costs. Burrows are especially important for providing thermal...

["Animal Behavior","Ecology","Zoology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.4511
41 downloads
688 views

Previous research has suggested that videos can be used to experimentally manipulate social stimuli. In the present study, we used the California scrub-jays’ cache protection strategies to assess whether video playback can be used to simulate conspecifics in a...

["Animal Behavior"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.4451
126 downloads
1,873 views

The personality trait of curiosity has been shown to increase welfare in humans. If this positive welfare effect is also true for non-humans, animals with high levels of curiosity may be able to cope better with stressful situations than their conspecifics. Before...

["Animal Behavior","Zoology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.4454
69 downloads
358 views

Studies of mating and reproductive behavior have contributed much to our understanding of various animals’ ecological success. The desert locust, Schistocerca gregaria, is an important agricultural pest. However, knowledge of locust courtship and precopulatory...

["Animal Behavior","Entomology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.4356
90 downloads
553 views

Photoperiod is an important factor in stimulating broiler performance in commercial poultry practice. However, the mechanism by which photoperiod affects the performance of broiler chickens has not been adequately explored. The current study evaluated the effects...

["Agricultural Science","Animal Behavior","Microbiology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.4390
88 downloads
715 views

We often expect that investigations of the patterns, causes, and consequences of among-individual variation in a trait of interest will reveal how selective pressures or ecological conditions influence that trait. However, many endocrine traits, such as concentrations...

["Animal Behavior","Ecology","Evolutionary Studies"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.4398

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