The Secret Life of Oilbirds: New Insights into the Movement Ecology of a Unique Avian Frugivore

Richard Holland, M. Wikelski, F. Kummeth, C. Bosque

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Abstract

Background: Steatornis caripensis (the oilbird) is a very unusual bird. It supposedly never sees daylight, roosting in huge aggregations in caves during the day and bringing back fruit to the cave at night. As a consequence a large number of the seeds from the fruit they feed upon germinate in the cave and spoil.
Original languageEnglish
Article numbere8264
JournalPLoS ONE
Volume4
Issue number12
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2009

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Agricultural and Biological Sciences(all)
  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)
  • Medicine(all)

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