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Risk-sensitive foraging in rufous hummingbirds (Selasphorus Rufus) : a test of the twin-threshold model

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dc.contributor.advisor Hurly, Andy
dc.contributor.author Klassen, Mark E.
dc.contributor.author University of Lethbridge. Faculty of Arts and Science
dc.date.accessioned 2007-05-17T14:49:30Z
dc.date.available 2007-05-17T14:49:30Z
dc.date.issued 2005
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10133/264
dc.description x, 90 leaves ; 29 cm. en
dc.description.abstract I tested the twin-threshold model, a risk-sensitive foraging model incorporating both a starvation threshold and a higher reproductive threshold. The model predicts risk-adverse foraging when an animal's energy state is close to the starvation threshold and risk-prone foraging when the animal's energy state is close to the reproductive threshold. Wild rufous hummingbirds (Selasphorus rufus) were presented with a choice of three artificial flower types that had either no, moderate or high variability around a common mean. I manipulated energy state by changing either the mean nectar volume or altering the cost of foraging (long versus short corollas). When the energy state of hummingbirds was close to the reproductive threshold they preferred the variable options. When the energy state of hummingbirds was close to the starvation threshold they preferred the nil option. Hummingbirds responded in a manner consistent with the twin-threshold model. en
dc.language.iso en_US en
dc.publisher Lethbridge, Alta. : University of Lethbridge, Faculty of Arts and Science, 2005 en
dc.relation.ispartofseries Thesis (University of Lethbridge. Faculty of Arts and Science) en
dc.subject Rufous hummingbird -- Behavior en
dc.subject Rufous hummingbird -- Evolution en
dc.subject Hummingbirds -- Behavior en
dc.subject Hummingbirds -- Evolution en
dc.subject Pollination en
dc.subject Dissertations, Academic en
dc.title Risk-sensitive foraging in rufous hummingbirds (Selasphorus Rufus) : a test of the twin-threshold model en
dc.type Thesis en
dc.publisher.faculty Arts and Science
dc.publisher.department Department of Biological Sciences

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