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dc.contributor.authorCallo, Paul Alexanderen_US
dc.date.accessioned2014-03-14T21:50:03Z
dc.date.available2014-03-14T21:50:03Z
dc.date.issued1996-04-24en_US
dc.identifier.otheretd-11182008-063011en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10919/45832
dc.description.abstractCorvids are important seed and nut dispersers in North America. To date, the caching and recovery behaviors of four North American Corvids have been documented, n10st notably Clark1s Nutcracker (Nucifraga columbiana). Blue Jays (Cyanocitta cristata) are important dispersers of Quercus, Fagus, and Castanea nuts in eastern North America and their caching behavior in the wild has been well documented. Recovery of caches by the same individual Blue Jay that created the caches has not been demonstrated. In order to do this, I conducted a laboratory study in which I examined caching and recovery behaviors. I 'compared the performance of caching birds with noncaching birds and with a random foraging model. Blue Jays do return to their own caches with success rates higher than predicted by random searching and they also probe fewer sites than predicted by random. They also recover caches at success rates higher than non-caching birds searching for the same caches as well as probe fewer sites than the non-caching birds. There is a difference in probing patterns for recovered caches between caching birds and non-caching birds that suggests the use of spatial memory by caching birds and a difference in foraging strategies between the two groups. Cache recovery order does not exhibit either a primacy or recency effect and cache recovery order does not appear to correlate to nearest neighbor distance models.en_US
dc.format.mediumBTDen_US
dc.publisherVirginia Techen_US
dc.relation.haspartLD5655.V855_1996.C354.pdfen_US
dc.subjectfood cachingen_US
dc.subjectspatial memoryen_US
dc.subjectseed dispersalen_US
dc.subjectblue jayen_US
dc.subject.lccLD5655.V855 1996.C354en_US
dc.titleRecovery of cached food by captive blue jays (Cyanocitta cristata)en_US
dc.typeThesisen_US
dc.contributor.departmentBiologyen_US
dc.description.degreeMaster of Scienceen_US
thesis.degree.nameMaster of Scienceen_US
thesis.degree.levelmastersen_US
thesis.degree.grantorVirginia Polytechnic Institute and State Universityen_US
thesis.degree.disciplineBiologyen_US
dc.contributor.committeechairAdkisson, Curtis S.en_US
dc.contributor.committeememberJenssen, Thomas A.en_US
dc.contributor.committeememberPrestrude, Albert M.en_US
dc.identifier.sourceurlhttp://scholar.lib.vt.edu/theses/available/etd-11182008-063011/en_US
dc.date.sdate2008-11-18en_US
dc.date.rdate2008-11-18
dc.date.adate2008-11-18en_US


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