Cookies Policy

This site uses cookies. By continuing to browse the site you are agreeing to our use of cookies.

I accept this policy

Find out more here

The Significance of a Hovering Display At Nests of the Long-Tailed Tit Aegithalos Caudatus

No metrics data to plot.
The attempt to load metrics for this article has failed.
The attempt to plot a graph for these metrics has failed.
The full text of this article is not currently available.

Brill’s MyBook program is exclusively available on BrillOnline Books and Journals. Students and scholars affiliated with an institution that has purchased a Brill E-Book on the BrillOnline platform automatically have access to the MyBook option for the title(s) acquired by the Library. Brill MyBook is a print-on-demand paperback copy which is sold at a favorably uniform low price.

Access this article

+ Tax (if applicable)
Add to Favorites
You must be logged in to use this functionality

image of Behaviour

Breeding long-tailed tits were studied to determine the significance of a hovering display performed by birds bringing food to nestlings. Its contexts implied that it represents communication to other adults, rather than to nestlings, or predators. Three-quarters of nests with young were attended by one or two 'helpers' as well as the parents, and all birds made hover displays. Feeding visits to the nest tended to be synchronous. This pattern was related to the hover display, which if performed by the second of two birds visiting the nest together caused them to return more quickly, and more often synchronously than if there was no display. Two functional aspects of this effect were tested. It did not serve to accelerate food delivery to nestlings after they had been deprived, nor did it minimise the presence of adults near nests that were most vulnerable to predation. The importance of the display may lie in its promotion of communal foraging by the adults.

Affiliations: 1: (School of Biological Sciences, University of Sussex, Brighton, England


Full text loading...


Data & Media loading...

Article metrics loading...



Can't access your account?
  • Tools

  • Add to Favorites
  • Printable version
  • Email this page
  • Subscribe to ToC alert
  • Get permissions
  • Recommend to your library

    You must fill out fields marked with: *

    Librarian details
    Your details
    Why are you recommending this title?
    Select reason:
    Behaviour — Recommend this title to your library
  • Export citations
  • Key

  • Full access
  • Open Access
  • Partial/No accessInformation