• Ecology for Birdwatchers: A Simple Introduction to Optimal Foraging Theory

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      Foraging ecology, optimal foraging theory, optimality based modeling, wetland birds, functional response, foraging adaptations, diet models.

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      Foraging ecology is an important branch of behavioural ecology with applications in several disciplines, including conservation biology, wildlife management, human behaviour, and aquaculture. Birds, because of their high visibility and often diurnal habits, are extremely popular study species throughout the world. In India, the study of birds has been popular among professional scientists, teachers, as well as amateurs. Here, an attempt is made to introduce some elementary concepts in foraging ecology by taking up some well-known case studies on aquatic birds and focussing on diet models. Bird-watchers are also increasingly participating in citizen science, in which scientific data are crowd-sourced. This article would be useful to this target group in addition to students to gain an understanding of some important ecological concepts.

    • Author Affiliations


      Abdul Urfi1

      1. Department of Environmental Studies University of Delhi New Delhi 110 007
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