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Prospectors combine social and environmental information to improve habitat selection and breeding success in the subsequent year

Part, Tomas; Arlt, Debora; Doligez, Blandine; Low, Matthew; Qvarnstrom, Anna


5. Our findings suggest that the use of multiple cues reduces the negative impact of stochasticity on the reliability of social cues at small spatial scales (e. g. territories) and hence increases the probability of breeding success in the next year. Also, the use of conspecific attraction (i. e. the preference for breeding aggregations) is selectively advantageous because individuals are more likely to find a vacancy in an aggregation as compared to a solitary site. By extension, we hypothesize that species life-history traits may influence the spatial scale of prospecting behaviour and habitat selection strategies.


conspecific attraction; cueing; floater; migratory; site fidelity; social information

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Journal of Animal Ecology
2011, Volume: 80, number: 6, pages: 1227-1235

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        Environmental Sciences related to Agriculture and Land-use

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