Independent colonization of multiple urban centres by a formerly forest specialist bird species.

@article{Evans2009IndependentCO,
  title={Independent colonization of multiple urban centres by a formerly forest specialist bird species.},
  author={Karl L. Evans and Kevin J. Gaston and Alain C Frantz and Michelle Simeoni and Stuart P Sharp and Andrew McGowan and Deborah A. Dawson and Kazimierz Walasz and Jesko Partecke and Terry Burke and Ben J Hatchwell},
  journal={Proceedings. Biological sciences},
  year={2009},
  volume={276 1666},
  pages={2403-10}
}
Urban areas are expanding rapidly, but a few native species have successfully colonized them. The processes underlying such colonization events are poorly understood. Using the blackbird Turdus merula, a former forest specialist that is now one of the most common urban birds in its range, we provide the first assessment of two contrasting urban colonization models. First, that urbanization occurred independently. Second, that following initial urbanization, urban-adapted individuals colonized… CONTINUE READING
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