Information use in habitat selection decisions in songbirds
Birds live in environments that are heterogeneous at various spatial and temporal scales regarding abiotic, biotic, and social characteristics. The key feature of adaptive settlement behaviour in a heterogeneous environment is gathering and using information about ambient conditions, as it allows individuals to assess a range of available options and choose one with the highest expected fitness outcome. We investigate strategies of social and non-social information use for habitat-selection decisions in songbirds, i.e. how social (con- and heterospecifics) and non-social (predators, habitat characteristics) cues influence the settlement decisions of individuals, using the wood warbler (Phylloscopus sibilatrix) as a main model species.
Behavioral mechanisms of habitat selection processes in small songbirds: the wood warbler (Phylloscopus sibilatrix) as a case study
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