Posted by: Sandy Steinman | September 16, 2019

Squirrels Eavesdrop On Birds To See If It’s Safe To Come Out

NPR reports

Squirrels eavesdrop on the casual chitchat of birds to figure out when it’s safe enough to be out in the open and foraging for food.

Researchers have found that a squirrel becomes incredibly vigilant when it hears the shriek of a red-tailed hawk, but it will relax and resume its food-seeking behavior more quickly if the predator’s call is immediately followed by the easygoing tweets of unconcerned birds.

Read full story at  Squirrels Eavesdrop On Birds To See If It’s Safe To Come Out : NPR


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