Viability selection on prey morphology by a generalist predator.


Prey use their locomotory capacity to escape predators, and there should thus be strong viability selection on locomotory morphology of prey. We compared feather morphology of wood pigeons Columba palumbus killed by goshawks Accipiter gentilis with that of survivors to quantify directional and quadratic selection on primary and rectrix feathers. The goshawk… (More)
DOI: 10.1111/j.1420-9101.2009.01736.x