distraction display

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An injury-feigning display that functions to lure a predator away from a nest, or other location of importance to the animal. For example, if the sandpiper (Ereunetes mauri) is disturbed by a ground predator while incubating, it may leave the nest and act as though injured, often trailing an apparently broken wing. When it has lured the predator a safe distance from the nest, it regains its normal behaviour and flies away. Thus distraction displays are a form of deceit.

Subjects: Zoology and Animal Sciences.

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