Interspecific information on predation risk affects nest site choice in a passerine bird

 

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dc.contributor.author Tolvanen, Jere
dc.contributor.author Seppänen, Janne-Tuomas
dc.contributor.author Mönkkönen, Mikko
dc.contributor.author Thomson, Robert L
dc.contributor.author Ylönen, Hannu
dc.contributor.author Forsman, Jukka T
dc.date.accessioned 2018-12-11T14:10:16Z
dc.date.available 2018-12-11T14:10:16Z
dc.date.issued 2018-12-04
dc.identifier.citation BMC Evolutionary Biology. 2018 Dec 04;18(1):181
dc.identifier.uri https://doi.org/10.1186/s12862-018-1301-3
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/11427/29144
dc.description.abstract Abstract Background Breeding site choice constitutes an important part of the species niche. Nest predation affects breeding site choice, and has been suggested to drive niche segregation and local coexistence of species. Interspecific social information use may, in turn, result in copying or rejection of heterospecific niche characteristics and thus affect realized niche overlap between species. We tested experimentally whether a migratory bird, the pied flycatcher Ficedula hypoleuca, collects information about nest predation risk from indirect cues of predators visiting nests of heterospecific birds. Furthermore, we investigated whether the migratory birds can associate such information with a specific nest site characteristic and generalize the information to their own nest site choice. Results Our results demonstrate that flycatchers can use the fate of heterospecific nesting attempts in their own nest site choice, but do so selectively. Young flycatcher females, when making the decision quickly, associated the fate of an artificial nest with nest-site characteristics and avoided the characteristic associated with higher nest predation risk. Conclusions Copying nest site choices of successful heterospecifics, and avoiding choices which led to failed attempts, may amplify or counter effects of nest predation on niche overlap, with important consequences for between-species niche divergence-convergence dynamics, species coexistence and predator-prey interactions.
dc.language.iso en
dc.publisher BioMed Central
dc.subject.other Social information
dc.subject.other Nest site choice
dc.subject.other Predation risk
dc.subject.other Realized niche
dc.subject.other Species coexistence
dc.subject.other Intraspecific variation
dc.title Interspecific information on predation risk affects nest site choice in a passerine bird
dc.type Journal Article
dc.date.updated 2018-12-09T04:24:21Z
dc.rights.holder The Author(s).
dc.identifier.apacitation Tolvanen, J., Seppänen, J., Mönkkönen, M., Thomson, R. L., Ylönen, H., & Forsman, J. T. (2018). Interspecific information on predation risk affects nest site choice in a passerine bird. http://hdl.handle.net/11427/29144 en_ZA
dc.identifier.chicagocitation Tolvanen, Jere, Janne-Tuomas Seppänen, Mikko Mönkkönen, Robert L Thomson, Hannu Ylönen, and Jukka T Forsman "Interspecific information on predation risk affects nest site choice in a passerine bird." (2018) http://hdl.handle.net/11427/29144 en_ZA
dc.identifier.vancouvercitation Tolvanen J, Seppänen J, Mönkkönen M, Thomson RL, Ylönen H, Forsman JT. Interspecific information on predation risk affects nest site choice in a passerine bird. 2018; http://hdl.handle.net/11427/29144. en_ZA
dc.identifier.ris TY - Journal Article AU - Tolvanen, Jere AU - Seppänen, Janne-Tuomas AU - Mönkkönen, Mikko AU - Thomson, Robert L AU - Ylönen, Hannu AU - Forsman, Jukka T AB - Abstract Background Breeding site choice constitutes an important part of the species niche. Nest predation affects breeding site choice, and has been suggested to drive niche segregation and local coexistence of species. Interspecific social information use may, in turn, result in copying or rejection of heterospecific niche characteristics and thus affect realized niche overlap between species. We tested experimentally whether a migratory bird, the pied flycatcher Ficedula hypoleuca, collects information about nest predation risk from indirect cues of predators visiting nests of heterospecific birds. Furthermore, we investigated whether the migratory birds can associate such information with a specific nest site characteristic and generalize the information to their own nest site choice. Results Our results demonstrate that flycatchers can use the fate of heterospecific nesting attempts in their own nest site choice, but do so selectively. Young flycatcher females, when making the decision quickly, associated the fate of an artificial nest with nest-site characteristics and avoided the characteristic associated with higher nest predation risk. Conclusions Copying nest site choices of successful heterospecifics, and avoiding choices which led to failed attempts, may amplify or counter effects of nest predation on niche overlap, with important consequences for between-species niche divergence-convergence dynamics, species coexistence and predator-prey interactions. DA - 2018-12-04 DB - OpenUCT DP - University of Cape Town LK - https://open.uct.ac.za PY - 2018 T1 - Interspecific information on predation risk affects nest site choice in a passerine bird TI - Interspecific information on predation risk affects nest site choice in a passerine bird UR - http://hdl.handle.net/11427/29144 ER - en_ZA


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