Foraging Behavior

  • Alan C. Kamil
  • John R. Krebs
  • H. Ronald Pulliam

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Optimal Foraging Theory

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-3
    2. Thomas W. Schoener
      Pages 5-67
  3. The Problem of Selectivity

  4. Patch Utilization

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 271-272
    2. Richard F. Green
      Pages 273-302
    3. Thomas Caraco
      Pages 389-414
  5. The Reproductive Consequences of Foraging

  6. Learning and Foraging

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 477-478
    2. James L. Gould
      Pages 479-496
    3. J. E. R. Staddon, Alliston K. Reid
      Pages 497-523
    4. Thomas Getty, Alan C. Kamil, Pamela G. Real
      Pages 525-548
    5. J. G. Ollason
      Pages 549-561
  7. Caching Behavior

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 609-609
    2. Stephen B. Vander Wall, Kimberly G. Smith
      Pages 611-644
    3. Russell P. Balda, Kenneth G. Bunch, Alan C. Kamil, David F. Sherry, Diana F. Tomback
      Pages 645-666
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 667-676

About this book


Foraging behavior has always been a central concern of ecology. Understanding what animals eat is clearly an essential component of under­ standing many ecological issues including energy flow, competition and adaptation. Theoretical and empirical developments in the late 1960's and 1970's led to a new emphasis in the study of foraging behavior, the study of individual animals in both field and laboratory. This development, in turn, led to an explosion of interest in foraging. Part of the reason for this explosion is that when foraging is studied at the individual level, it is relevant to many disciplines. Behaviorists, including ethologists and psychologists, are interested in any attempt to understand behavior. Ecologists know that a better understanding of foraging will contribute to resolving a number of important ecological issues. Anthropologists and others are applying the ideas coming out of the study of foraging behavior to problems within their disciplines. These developments led to a multidisciplinary symposium on foraging behavior, held as part of the 1978 Animal Behavior Society meetings in Seattle, Washington. Many ecologists, ethologists and psychologists participated or attended. The symposium was very successful. generating a high level of excitement. As a result, the participants decided to publish the proceedings of the symposium (Kami1 & Sargent 1981).


adaptation animals development ecology energy

Editors and affiliations

  • Alan C. Kamil
    • 1
  • John R. Krebs
    • 2
  • H. Ronald Pulliam
    • 3
  1. 1.University of MassachusettsAmherstUSA
  2. 2.Oxford UniversityOxfordEngland
  3. 3.University of GeorgiaAthensUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag US 1987
  • Publisher Name Springer, Boston, MA
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4612-9027-8
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4613-1839-2
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