Data from: Speed kills: ineffective avian escape responses to oncoming vehicles

Travis L. DeVault, Bradley F. Blackwell, Thomas W. Seamans, Steven L. Lima, Esteban Fernández-Juricic & E. Fernandez-Juricic
Animal–vehicle collisions cause high levels of vertebrate mortality worldwide, and what goes wrong when animals fail to escape and ultimately collide with vehicles is not well understood. We investigated alert and escape behaviours of captive brown-headed cowbirds (Molothrus ater) in response to virtual vehicle approaches of different sizes and at speeds ranging from 60 to 360 km h−1. Alert and flight initiation distances remained similar across vehicle speeds, and accordingly, alert and flight initiation times...

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