Estimating nest-switching in free-ranging wild birds: an assessment of the most common methodologies, illustrated in the White Stork (Ciconia ciconia)

Sondra Turjeman, Ute Eggers, Shay Rotics, Wolfgang Fiedler, Alejandro Centeno-Cuadros, Michael Kaatz, Damaris Zurell, Florian Jeltsch, Martin Wikelski, Ran Nathan

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Abstract

Reliable estimates of nest-switching are required to study avian mating systems and manage wild populations, yet different estimation methods have rarely been integrated or assessed. Through a literature review and case study, we reveal that three common methods for assessing nest-switching blend different components, producing a wide range of estimates. Careful component definition and reporting are essential to properly estimate this behaviour.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1110-1119
Number of pages10
JournalIbis
Volume163
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Jul 2021
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • GPS tracking
  • breeding dispersal
  • genetic kinship analysis
  • multi-method comparison
  • nest fidelity
  • ring resighting
  • standardized methodologies

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics
  • Animal Science and Zoology

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