Behavioural flexibility in the mating system buffers population extinction: lessons from the lesser spotted woodpecker Picoides minor.

@article{Rossmanith2006BehaviouralFI,
  title={Behavioural flexibility in the mating system buffers population extinction: lessons from the lesser spotted woodpecker Picoides minor.},
  author={Eva Rossmanith and Volker Grimm and Niels Blaum and Florian Jeltsch},
  journal={The Journal of animal ecology},
  year={2006},
  volume={75 2},
  pages={
          540-8
        }
}
1. In most stochastic models addressing the persistence of small populations, environmental noise is included by imposing a synchronized effect of the environment on all individuals. However, buffer mechanisms are likely to exist that may counteract this synchronization to some degree. 2. We have studied whether the flexibility in the mating system, which has been observed in some bird species, is a potential mechanism counteracting the synchronization of environmental fluctuations. Our study… CONTINUE READING
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