Publication Year

1996

Keywords

Biology, cyanocitta stelleri, Steller's jays, caching behavior, birds

Disciplines

Animal Sciences | Biology | Forest Sciences | Life Sciences

Abstract

In this paper, I study the caching behavior of Steller's jays, Cyanocitta stelleri. Caching, or hoarding, is the storage of food for later use. By studying the Steller's jays of the Barton Flats National Forest Campground, I attempt the following:

1. To investigate the role of social organization in optimal caching behavior in the Steller's jay,

2. To provide evidence that may confirm or refute current models of optimal cache distribution, and

3. To discuss current caching models and synthesize old and new ideas into a new model of optimal cache distribution that can be applied to a wide variety of species with different social organizations.

Department 1 Awarding Honors Status

Biology

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