Contact: Sangjin Lee
Laboratory of Behavioral Ecology and Evolution at Seoul National University
Caption: Black billed magpies, such like this one named "Gobi," seem to think and take decisions faster when humans, and possibly predators in general, are directly looking at them, reports a team of researchers in PLOS ONE (Lee et al. 2013. Direct Look from a Predator Shortens the Risk-assessment Time by Prey" PLOS ONE; http://dx.plos.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0064977).
Credit: Photo by P.G.Jablonski
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