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Title: Vigilance
Contributor(s): Kaplan, Gisela  (author)orcid 
Publication Date: 2020
DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-47829-6_710-1
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Related DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-47829-6

Vigilance involves basic information gathering (Bekoff 1995). It is the active act of deliberate watchfulness and monitoring of potential threats caused by predators and even conspecifics. Heightened vigilance in animals is usually based on specific environmental circumstances, such as a noise or a movement that may warrant careful assessment. Heightened vigilance may also be indicated if an environment is unfamiliar and/or if visibility is poor and could potentially hide an ambush predator. Vigilance is associated more with prey species than with predators" at least the need for vigilance may be ongoing in prey species but be rare or intermittent among predators unless a competitor is nearby. In addition, vigilance is associated with the protection of nest sites (Yasukawa et al. 1992) and dens (Santema and Clutton-Brock 2013) (Figs. 1 and 2).

Publication Type: Entry In Reference Work
Source of Publication: Encyclopedia of Animal Cognition and Behavior, p. 1-3
Publisher: Springer Cham
Place of Publication: Cham, Switzerland
ISBN: 9783319478296
Fields of Research (FoR) 2020: 310901 Animal behaviour
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO) 2020: 280102 Expanding knowledge in the biological sciences
HERDC Category Description: N Entry In Reference Work
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