Data from: Ecological and environmental predictors of escape among birds on a large tropical island

Kasun B. Ekanayake, Jonathan J. Gnanapragasam, Kithsiri Ranawana, Dulan R. Vidanapathirana, U. Tiran Abeyawardhana, Chandima Fernando, Alexandra McQueen, Michael A. Weston & Matthew R.E. Symonds
Ecological and environmental traits can influence avian escape behaviour but most data underpinning our current understanding relates to continental and temperate areas and species. We conducted a phylogenetically controlled comparative analysis of flight-initation distance (FID) against a variety of environmental, behavioural and life-history attributes for Sri Lankan birds (202 species; n = 2540). As with other studies, body mass was positively associated with FID, and longer FIDs occurred in areas where human population density was...
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