Field Frame Friday: Sugar Rush Memories

Rainbow lorikeets (Trichoglossus moluccanus) are nectarivores (i.e. feed on nectar, pollen, flowers, and soft fruits) that use contingencies to remember what flowers they have recently fed at, so they do not waste energy returning to a nectar-depleted flower. This requires cognitive abilities to encode, retain and integrate relevant information while foraging!

[Photo and caption by Karli Chudeau]

Sulikowski, D., & Burke, D. (2011). Win-shift and win-stay learning in the rainbow lorikeet (Trichoglossus haematodus). Journal of Comparative Psychology, 125(2), 143.

[Edited by Maggie Creamer]

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