Noise pollution has limited effects on nocturnal vigilance in peahens. Academic Article uri icon

abstract

  • Natural environments are increasingly exposed to high levels of noise pollution. Noise pollution can alter the behavior of animals but we know little about its effects on antipredator behavior. We therefore investigated the impact of noise pollution on vigilance behavior and roost selection in an avian species, peafowl (Pavo cristatus), that inhabits urban environments. Captive peahens were exposed to noise pollution at night and their vigilance levels and roost selections were monitored. The vigilance levels of peahens were unaffected by exposure to noise pollution within trials. Furthermore, the peahens exhibited no preference for roosting farther or closer to noise pollution. Interestingly, predators often avoided the experimental area during nights with noise pollution, which could explain why vigilance rates were higher overall during control compared to noise trials. The results suggest that peahens' perception of risk is not drastically impacted by noise pollution but longer-term studies will be necessary to assess any chronic effects.

published proceedings

  • PeerJ

altmetric score

  • 2.75

author list (cited authors)

  • Yorzinski, J. L., & Hermann, F. S

citation count

  • 4

complete list of authors

  • Yorzinski, Jessica L||Hermann, Fredrick S

publication date

  • September 2016

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