Follow that bird 19 December 1998 From New Scientist Print Edition. Subscribe and get 4 free issues. IF you're looking for a fruit-laden tree, head for the nearest flock of birds. That's the strategy adopted by flat lizards (Platysaurus broadleyi) in South Africa. Martin Whiting of the Transvaal Museum in Pretoria hung cages, some containing birds and some empty, in fruitless fig trees. He also placed cages on rocks. In both cases, the lizards converged on cages with birds, Whiting says in a paper due to appear in Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology. This could help them find food, as fruit-laden trees will attract lots of birds. Available from New Scientist: http://www.newscientist.com/article/mg16021653.600.html 19/26 December 1998 – 2 January 1999 Also see Whiting, M.J., and J.M. Greeff. 1999. Use of heterospecific cues by the lizard Platysaurus broadleyi for food location. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology 45:420-423.
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