Innate Recognition of Coral Snake Pattern by a Possible Avian Predator

Science  28 Feb 1975:
Vol. 187, Issue 4178, pp. 759-760
DOI: 10.1126/science.187.4178.759


Inexperienced hand-reared motmots avoided a pattern of red and yellow rings but readily attacked a pattern of green and blue rings and also one of red and yellow stripes. The motmots' avoidance of the "coral snake%" pattern indicates that mimic snake species can derive protection from some potential predators.