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falcon in flight
2014-01-17 04:53:38

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Through the analysis of striking aerial video footage, a pair of researchers from Haverford College in Pennsylvania has found that falcons hunt their prey by heading them off during mid-air pursuit, according to a new report in The Journal of Experimental Biology. Initially trying to investigate how flocks react to being hunted by birds-of-prey, study author Suzanne Amador Kane said she could find very little literature on how falcons...

Video Footage Reveals Novel Insights Into Crocodilian Foraging Behaviors
2014-01-16 07:46:56

Public Library of Science Animal-borne camera reveals that alligators may attempt to capture prey most often at night, even though the calculated probability of catching prey is highest in the morning, according to a study published in PLOS ONE on January 15, 2014 by James Nifong from the University of Florida and colleagues from other institutions. Observing the behaviors of dangerous and cryptic predators like alligators is no easy task, so scientists used animal-borne cameras to...

African Tiger Fish Eats Bird
2014-01-13 11:30:38

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Stories of the African tiger fish preying on birds in mid-flight have been circulating for years and a research team from South Africa has finally captured evidence of this behavior, according to a new study in the Journal of Fish Biology. “The whole action of jumping and catching the swallow in flight happens so incredibly quickly that after we first saw it, it took all of us a while to really fully comprehend what we had just...

Charles Darwin Observations On Island Tameness In Species Confirmed
2014-01-11 05:39:37

[ Watch the Video: Island Animals Are Tamer Than On The Mainland ] Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Like Hawaiian vacationers, living on an island actually makes animals tamer, according to a study published in Proceedings of the Royal Society B. Charles Darwin, the founder of the theory of evolution, used the Galapagos Islands as his laboratory when studying animals. The Galapagos is where Darwin developed his ideas about natural selection and how organisms evolve...

Ecosystems Suffer Negative Effects From Loss Of Large Predators
2014-01-10 03:27:19

[ Watch the Video: Global Consequences Of Predator Loss ] Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Authors of a new research review in the journal Science have called for a global initiative to save large predators around the world. "Globally, we are losing our large carnivores," emphasized William Ripple, an author of the review and ecology professor at Oregon State University. "Many of them are endangered," he said. "Their ranges are collapsing. Many of these animals...

Lions Not A Big Threat To Cheetah Cubs
2013-12-02 16:13:03

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online In a recent paper published in the Journal of Zoology, researchers are challenging the theory that big predatory cats are unable to coexist in the same ecosystem. Previously, scientists had thought lions were a cheetah cub’s main predator, and it was believed for this reason big cats cannot cohabitate in conservation areas. However, the latest research found cubs in the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park were seven times more likely to survive...

Endangered Species May Avoid Being Killed If Farms Used Guard Dogs
2013-11-27 07:04:25

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A new study from the University of Kent reveals that guard dogs can significantly reduce conflicts between livestock and large carnivores, such as cheetahs and leopards. Their use would help to reduce unwarranted killing of endangered species in South Africa, according to the research team from the university's School of Anthropology and Conservation. The study, published in Wildlife Society Bulletin, examined the effect of guard...

Smaller Islands Have Shorter Food Chains
2013-11-22 09:07:08

University of Helsinki That smaller islands will typically sustain fewer species than large ones is a widespread pattern in nature. Now a team of researchers shows that smaller area will mean not only fewer species, but also shorter food chains. This implies that plant and animal communities on small islands may work differently from those on large ones. Top predators the first to go Working across a set of 20 islands off the Finnish coast, a group of Finnish scientists found that a...

Moonlight Can Be A Benefit For Some Prey Species
2013-10-22 17:12:37

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com – Your Universe Online According to a new study published online recently in the Journal of Animal Ecology, not all animal species are negatively affected by moonlight. One prevailing theory in ecology is that moonlight increases predation risk, but Laura Prugh, a wildlife biologist at the University of Alaska, Fairbanks, says that is not always the case. "Ecologists have long viewed the darkness of a moonless night as a protective blanket for...

Mosquitofish Mating Strategies Change In The Presence Of Predators
2013-10-11 12:44:08

North Carolina State University When predators lurk nearby, male Bahamas mosquitofish (Gambusia hubbsi) change mating strategies, rejecting elaborate courting rituals for more frequent and sometimes forceful encounters with females. But as a recent North Carolina State University study shows, mating strategies aren’t the only things changing for G. hubbsi when predators abound. The shape and size of the male fish’s genitalia are also linked to the presence or absence of predators....


Latest Predation Reference Libraries

Thomson’s Gazelle, Eudorcas thomsonii
2012-06-17 19:56:59

Thomson’s gazelle (Eudorcas thomsonii) is also known as a “tommie” and is one of the most well-known gazelle species. Named after Joseph Thomson, Thomson’s gazelle is native to Africa where it is the most commonly found gazelle. It is sometimes considered a subspecies of the red-fronted gazelle, and was previously in the genus Gazella, in the subgenus Eudorcas. Eudorcas eventually became a distinct genus, classifying some species of gazelle within their own genus. Thomson’s...

Grant’s Gazelle, Nanger granti
2012-06-15 12:08:26

Grant’s gazelle (Nanger granti) is native to Africa. Its northern range of Tanzania extends south to Ethiopia and the Sudan, and from the coast of Kenya to Lake Victoria. It prefers habitats within shrub lands and grass plains, but can also be found in regions that are more arid. In Swahili, Grant’s gazelle is called Swala Granti. It was placed within the Nanger subgenus of the genus Gazella, before Nanger became a separate genus. Grant’s gazelle holds five recognized subspecies. The...

Great Kiskadee, Pitangus sulphuratus
2009-06-16 18:41:00

The Great Kiskadee (Pitangus sulphuratus) is a species of passerine tyrant flycatcher found from southern Texas and Mexico south to Uruguay and central Argentina. They are also found on Trinidad. They have been introduced to Bermuda in 1957, and Tobago in 1970. The adult Great Kiskadee is 8.7 inches long and weighs 2.2 ounces. It has a black head with a white eye stripe and concealed yellow crown stripe. The upperparts are brown. The wings and tail are brown and have reddish-brown fringes....

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2007-08-23 02:51:24

The West Caucasian Tur (Capra caucasica), is a goat antelope found only in the western half of the Caucasus Mountain Range. They thrive in rough mountainous terrain between 2625 and 13120 feet in elevation. West Caucasian Turs are nocturnal, eating in the open at night and sheltering during the day. Females live in herds of around ten individuals, while males are solitary. The Tur stands up to 39.4 inches at the shoulder and weighs about 143 pounds. West Caucasian Turs have large but...

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2007-08-14 04:24:53

The Wild Goat (Capra aegagrus), is a common species of goat, with a distribution ranging from Europe and Asia Minor to central Asia and the Middle East. In the wild, these goats live in flocks of up to 500 individuals. Male wild goats are solitary and go through a period called a rut, where they are ready to mate. During the rut old males drive younger males from the maternal herds. The gestation period averages 170 days. Females usually give birth to one kid. Kids can follow the mother...

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Word of the Day
cock-a-hoop
  • Exultant; jubilant; triumphant; on the high horse.
  • Tipsy; slightly intoxicated.
This word may come from the phrase 'to set cock on hoop,' or 'to drink festively.' Its origin otherwise is unclear. A theory, according to the Word Detective, is that it's a 'transliteration of the French phrase 'coq a huppe,' meaning a rooster displaying its crest ('huppe') in a pose of proud defiance.' Therefore, 'cock-a-hoop' would 'liken a drunken man to a boastful and aggressive rooster.'
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