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Physics-based simulations of aerial attacks by peregrine falcons reveal that stooping at high speed maximizes catch success against agile prey

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The peregrine falcon Falco peregrinus is renowned for attacking its prey from high altitude in a fast controlled dive called a stoop. Many other raptors employ a similar mode of attack, but the functional benefits of stooping remain obscure. Here we investigate whether, when, and why stooping promotes catch success, using a three-dimensional, agent-based modeling approach to simulate attacks of falcons on aerial prey. We simulate avian flapping and gliding flight using an analytical quasi-ste...

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Peer reviewed
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10.1371/journal.pcbi.1006044

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Institution:
University of Oxford
Division:
MPLS Division
Department:
Zoology
Hildenbrandt, H More by this author
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Institution:
University of Oxford
Division:
MPLS Division
Department:
Zoology
Oxford college:
Jesus College
Hemelrijk, CK More by this author
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Public Library of Science Publisher's website
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PLoS Computational Biology Journal website
Volume:
14
Issue:
4
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Article: e1006044
Publication date:
2018-04-12
Acceptance date:
2018-03-07
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EISSN:
1553-7358
ISSN:
1553-734X
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pubs:830712
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uri:02320eb7-c098-4fbd-af1c-c8b4c52c71e9
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uuid:02320eb7-c098-4fbd-af1c-c8b4c52c71e9
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pubs:830712

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