Re: Foot tapping feeding behaviour in waders

To: "Geering, Andrew" <>
Subject: Re: Foot tapping feeding behaviour in waders
From: James Davis <>
Date: Wed, 29 Apr 1998 10:16:49 +1000 (EST)
  For the record I observed Masked Lapwings rapidly shaking one of their 
feet (left and right) in short grass.  After the performance they often
would grab an item (presumably prey).  I have only witnessed this
behaviour on one occasion - two adults and two juvenile foraging together
in a group. I am intersted in learning if foot-shaking is instinctive
or learned - given that related birds perform similar, if not identical
behaviours, I currently believe the action has a strong innate component.
However, I would not rule out the possibility that birds can learn to
modify foot-shaking to fit particular circumstances such as tapping vs.

Cheers, Jim 

 Dr. Wm. James Davis

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