Competitor timing information affects nest site selection in a migratory bird

Samplonius, J. M., 1-Aug-2016.

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The costs of competition should lead to competitor avoidance. However, science has shown that animals may prefer settling near competitors to benefit from information about habitat quality. High quality habitat may translate to higher densities and reproductive success, but also to earlier reproductive timing. The former two have been studied as social cues, but competitor phenology has not. Climate change advances phenologies across trophic levels, so it is key to understand how it could affect temporal social cues.

To uncover whether the phenology of an interspecific competitor (great tit Parus major) affects nest site choice in a migratory bird (pied flycatcher Ficedula hypoleuca)
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 1-Aug-2016
EventInternational Society for Behavioural Ecology 2016 - University of Exeter, Exeter, United Kingdom
Duration: 28-Jul-20164-Aug-2016


ConferenceInternational Society for Behavioural Ecology 2016
Abbreviated titleISBE 2016
CountryUnited Kingdom
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International Society for Behavioural Ecology 2016


Exeter, United Kingdom

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