They gathered, in all, 175 miles (280 kilometres) of film, using infra-red cameras to find oilbirds
deep in pitch-black caves and ultra-slow motion film to unravel the complexities of bird flight.
Oilbirds (Steatornis caripensis) are probably efficient long-distance dispersers of palms (Snow & Snow, 1978; Herzog & Kessler, 1997), and it has been suggested that they affect the seedling distribution of Oenocarpus bataua var.
bataua (as Jessenia bataua) on a dry ridge were suggested to represent long-distance dispersal by oilbirds to this "rather unsuitable site" (Snow & Snow, 1978).
The natural history of the oilbird
, Steatornis caripensis, in Trinidad, W.
The fruits of Oenocarpus bataua, Euterpe precatoria and some species of Bactris are consumed and dispersed by the oilbird
(Steatornis caripensis), that can travel up to 73.