Deceiving predators: linking distraction behavior with nest survival in a ground-nesting bird

  title={Deceiving predators: linking distraction behavior with nest survival in a ground-nesting bird},
  author={Miguel {\'A}ngel G{\'o}mez-Serrano and Pascual L{\'o}pez‐L{\'o}pez},
  journal={Behavioral Ecology},
Individual behavior that minimizes predation risk is favored by natural selection. Ground-nesting birds employ different defensive behaviors as part of their antipredator strategies because they nest where a wide range of predators have access. We investigated the influence of distraction displays on breeding success in the Kentish Plover, Charadrius alexandrinus, in order to explore the role of the defensive behavior on nest survival. We quantified the intensity of defensive behavior of adult… 
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