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   Studies on Flocking Behavior of Female and Juvenile Temminck’s Tragopan in Winter at Liziping Nature Reserve, Sichuan Province
Author of the article:CUI Peng1,2, DENG Wenhong2*
Author's Workplace:(1. Nanjing Institute of Environmental Science, Ministry of Environmental Protection, Nanjing 210042, China; 2. Ministry of Education Key Laboratory for Biodiversity Sciences and Ecological Engineering, College of Life Sciences, Beijing Normal University, Beijing 100875, China)
Key Words:Tragopan temminckii; flock pattern; group size; winter; Liziping
Abstract:

From November 2005 to March 2006, the flocking behaviors of Temminck’s tragopan (Tragopan temminckii) were studied at Liziping Nature Reserve (Shimian county, Sichuan province, China). The results showed that group size of female and juvenile Temminck’s tragopan was relatively small, and the biggest flock observed had four individuals. Within the 36 observations, 16 were separate individual (44.4%). There was significant difference of time used on feeding between the group members and separate individuals, and time used on feeding of the group members was higher than the separate ones. No significant difference on time used on vigilance, rest and move was observed between the group members and separate individuals. However, time used on vigilance of separate individuals was higher than the group members. The results of this study confirm the anti-predation hypothesis, which proposes that the group members will spend more time on feeding than the separate individuals.

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