COMPARING SPATIAL MEMORY IN 2 SPECIES OF TIT - RECALLING A SINGLE POSITIVE LOCATION

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Abstract

The performance of a food-storing species, the marsh tit (Parus palustris), was compared with that of a nonstorer, the blue tit (P. caeruleus), in a spatial memory task in which birds had to return to a site where they had previously been allowed to eat part of a piece of peanut. No differences were found between species' overall performance, but increasing retention interval from 1 min to 24 h brought about a decrease in performance. The results are discussed in relationship to the hypothesis that food-storing birds have a specialized spatial memory capacity.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)121-126
Number of pages6
JournalAnimal Learning & Behavior
Volume20
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - May 1992

Keywords

  • BLACK-CAPPED CHICKADEES
  • PIGEONS COLUMBA-LIVIA
  • FOOD-STORING BIRDS
  • PARUS-ATER
  • PERFORMANCE
  • FIELD
  • ANALOG
  • CACHES
  • MAZE
  • TASK

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