As a group, raptors have largely been neglected in terms of developing enrichment methods.
Due to their largely nocturnal habits and general inactivity during daylight hours, owls present a significant challenge for the development of enrichment techniques.
The acute hearing of owls suggests that audio stimulation might provide a method to positively modify owl behaviour in captivity.
Aim: To assess the potential of audio stimulation as a means of enrichment for owls
Comments: Key behavioural changes would include altered activity budgets and vocal responses. An assessment of ‘stress’ and what constitutes ‘enrichment’ will be made.
Update: This project was completed recently by researcher Laura Keighley, and is being written up.
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