Habitat selection by dispersing yellow-headed blackbirds: evidence of prospecting and the use of public information

@article{Ward2005HabitatSB,
  title={Habitat selection by dispersing yellow-headed blackbirds: evidence of prospecting and the use of public information},
  author={Michael P Ward},
  journal={Oecologia},
  year={2005},
  volume={145},
  pages={650-657}
}
In migratory birds individuals may prospect for potential breeding sites months before they attempt to breed and should use the cues most predictive of future reproductive success when selecting a breeding site. However, what cues individuals use when prospecting and which cues are used in selecting a breeding site are unknown for most species. I investigated whether yellow-headed blackbirds (Xanthocephalus xanthocephalus) prospect for future breeding sites and whether they select breeding… CONTINUE READING

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