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Rapid development of cleaning behaviour by Torresian crows Corvus orru on non-native banteng Bos javanicus in northern Australia

Bradshaw, Corey J. A. and White, W. (2006). Rapid development of cleaning behaviour by Torresian crows Corvus orru on non-native banteng Bos javanicus in northern Australia. Journal of Avian Biology,37(4):409-411.

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Title Rapid development of cleaning behaviour by Torresian crows Corvus orru on non-native banteng Bos javanicus in northern Australia
Author Bradshaw, Corey J. A.
White, W.
Journal Name Journal of Avian Biology
Publication Date 2006
Volume Number 37
Issue Number 4
ISSN 0908-8857   (check CDU catalogue open catalogue search in new window)
Scopus ID 2-s2.0-33748751781
Start Page 409
End Page 411
Total Pages 3
Place of Publication UK
Publisher Blackwell Publishing
HERDC Category C1 - Journal Article (DEST)
Abstract In this paper we report the observation of a rapidly developed vertebrate symbiosis involving ectoparasite cleaning by a native corvid of northern Australia, the Torresian crow Corvus orru, on a recently introduced bovid ungulate, the banteng Bos javanicus. Facultative symbioses benefiting both participants (mutualisms) between birds and mammals appear to be rare, despite the apparent advantages obtained by the participants (ecto-parasite removal from the host and food provision to the cleaner). On three separate dates we observed a total of four C. orru individuals eliciting facilitation behaviours by a total of ten female banteng to assist in the removal of ectoparasites. Our observations document the first-known incidence of facultative cleaning behaviour by a native bird species on a non-native, wild vertebrate that has developed in approximately 150 years since the banteng's introduction to Australia.
Keywords red-billed oxpeckers
nucifraga-columbiana
associations
mutualism
cattle
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.2006.0908-8857.03595.x   (check subscription with CDU E-Gateway service for CDU Staff and Students  check subscription with CDU E-Gateway in new window)
 
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