Consumption of unusual prey items in the Barbary macaque (Macaca sylvanus)

Young, Christopher and Schülke, Andrew Oliver and Ostner, Julia and Majolo, Bonaventura (2012) Consumption of unusual prey items in the Barbary macaque (Macaca sylvanus). African Primates, 7 (2). pp. 224-229. ISSN UNSPECIFIED

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Abstract

We observed the consumption of novel prey items in a wild group of Barbary macaques (Macaca sylvanus) living in
the Middle Atlas Mountains, Morocco. We witnessed an adult male consuming an adult rabbit and, on a different occasion, two adult males unsuccessfully hunting a rabbit. On four occasions, we also observed three adult males catching and consuming chicks and eggs from two bird nests, on the ground and in a tree, respectively. All of these observations occurred during the May – July period when food was scarce. This is the first report of Barbary macaques consuming vertebrates in the wild.

Keywords:Animal behaviour, Barbary macaque, Hunting, Meat-eating, Vertebrate predation, Macaca sylvanus, Primate diet
Subjects:C Biological Sciences > C800 Psychology
Divisions:College of Social Science > School of Psychology
ID Code:10648
Deposited On:03 Jul 2013 14:16

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