Mechanism of social learning in Australian honeyeaters

Mark Wiese, Darren Burke

    Research output: Contribution to conferenceAbstract


    Noisy miners (Manorina melanocephala) are dietary generalist, highly social native Australian honeyeaters. Preliminary work indicates that these birds can learn via observation; acquisition of a simple foraging task is facilitated by demonstration of the task by a conspecific. The current focus of the project is to replace live demonstration with video playback demonstration of the foraging task, in order to pursue an experimental analysis of the behavioural mechanisms underlying social learning in the noisy miner. The second stage of the project will test for the presence of similar mechanisms in other species of honeyeater with different social and foraging ecologies. This work will test existing hypotheses regarding the ecological factors associated with the development of evolution of social learning.
    Original languageEnglish
    Number of pages1
    Publication statusPublished - 2007
    EventASSAB 2007 - Canberra
    Duration: 12 Apr 200715 Apr 2007


    ConferenceASSAB 2007


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