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Type: Artigo de periódico
Title: The Purplish Jay Rides Wild Ungulates To Pick Food
Abstract: Corvids are renowned for their variable foraging behaviour, and about 20 species in eight genera perch on wild and domestic ungulates to pick ticks on the body of these mammals. Herein I illustrate and briefly comment on the Purplish Jay (Cyanocorax cyanomelas) riding deer and tapir in the Pantanal, Western Brazil. The jay perched on the head or back of the ungulates and searched for ticks, playing the role of a cleaner bird. Deer are rarely reported as hosts or clients of tick-picking birds in the Neotropics. The Purplish Jay is the southernmost Neotropical cleaner corvid reported to date. Given their opportunistic foraging behaviour, a few other Cyanocorax jay species may occasionally play the cleaner role of wild and domestic ungulates. © 2015, Sociedade Brasileira de Ornitologia. All rights reserved.
Editor: Sociedade Brasileira de Ornitologia
Citation: Revista Brasileira De Ornitologia. Sociedade Brasileira De Ornitologia, v. 23, p. 365 - 367, 2016.
Rights: aberto
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Date Issue: 2016
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