Title

Laboratory determination of startle reaction time of the starling (Sturnus vulgaris)

Document Type

Article

Date of Original Version

1-1-1977

Abstract

Startle response times of starlings (Sturnus vulgaris) to auditory and visual stimuli were determined in the laboratory. Birds were placed in an anechoic chamber and exposed to either a 1 ms flash of unfiltered white light, or a 30 ms pure tone burst. An electronic detection system monitored and recorded the activity of the birds. The recording apparatus allowed for an accuracy to 10-4 s in measuring reaction times. The mean reaction time of birds to light stimuli was 76·38 ms. The mean reaction time to sound stimuli was 80·64 ms. © 1977.

Publication Title

Animal Behaviour

Volume

25

Issue

PART 3

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