Small birds will often mob large predatory birds like owls and hawks. This behavior involves the smaller birds gathering or flying near the larger bird, calling loudly, and even striking the larger bird, and may result in the larger bird leaving the area. This behavior is risky for the smaller birds but is commonly seen. From this description we can reasonably conclude that __________.

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    there must be some advantage of this behavior, such as protecting their chicks, that makes the risks worthwhile
    this behavior is clearly maladaptive and should be eliminated by natural selection
    these birds must have learned this behavior by operant conditioning
    birds are not intelligent enough to know what is good for them

asked May 30, 2013 in Biology by anonymous
    

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there must be some advantage of this behavior, such as protecting their chicks, that makes the risks worthwhile
answered May 31, 2013 by Bioshare ~Top Expert~ (34,070 points)

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