Steller's jays are known to imitate hawks, but very little is known about the function of this behavior. By using a variety of methods to assess the quality of imitations (from varying perspectives!), I hope to shed some light on why this behavior occurs and how accuracy may vary across individuals.
See for yourself -- can you tell which of these calls are given by actual red-shouldered hawks and which are Steller's jays performing imitations of hawks? Listen to the recordings, take the short survey below, and submit your answers.
WLDF 246 - Humboldt State University
Graduate Advisor: Dr. Jeff Black