SIRS,--Mr. K. E. L. Simmons's letter (antea, p. 40) on this subject draws attention to reactions in trapped birds intermediate between remaining immobile on the open hand and the extreme, trance-like "death feigning". A further case may be of interest. On May 15th, 1949, at Towcester, Northants, I trapped a male Yellow Bunting, which was held in the hand in the usual way while it was being ringed. In...

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