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Antipredator Behavior: Aggressive and Distraction Displays of Shorebirds

  • Michael Gochfeld


All organisms face two major tasks: survival and successful reproduction. For the most part, survival depends on obtaining adequate food and on avoiding predation. Similarly, successful reproduction involves obtaining suitable mates and breeding areas, providing adequate food for the young (or leading them to it), and protecting them from predators. Such care requires appropriate habitat and nest site selection, efficient foraging, vigilance and appropriate response to the threat of predation. A preliminary list of categories of antipredator behavior is presented in Table I.


Antipredator Behavior Piping Plover Western Sandpiper Snowy Plover Golden Plover 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Michael Gochfeld
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Environmental and Community MedicineUMDNJ—Rutgers Medical SchoolPiscatawayUSA

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