Linking ecology, behaviour and conservation: does habitat saturation change the mating system of bearded vultures?

@article{Carrete2006LinkingEB,
  title={Linking ecology, behaviour and conservation: does habitat saturation change the mating system of bearded vultures?},
  author={Martina Carrete and Jos{\'e} Antonio Don{\'a}zar and Antoni Margalida and Joan Bertran},
  journal={Biology letters},
  year={2006},
  volume={2 4},
  pages={624-7}
}
The social organization of a population is the consequence of the decisions made by individuals to maximize their fitness, so differences in social systems may arise from differences in ecological conditions. Here, we show how a long-lived species that used to breed monogamously, and at low densities, can change its mating system in response to habitat saturation. We found that a significant proportion of unpaired birds become potential breeders by entering high-quality territories, or by… CONTINUE READING
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