Conspecific attraction for conservation and management of terrestrial breeding birds: current knowledge and future research directions

Jonathon Valente, Christa LeGrande-Rolls, James Rivers, Anna Tucker, Richard Fischer & Matthew Betts
Conspecific presence can indicate the location or quality of resources, and animals settling near conspecifics often gain fitness benefits. This can result in adaptive conspecific attraction during breeding habitat selection as demonstrated in numerous terrestrial, territorial birds. There is growing interest in using simulated conspecific social cues (e.g., decoys, broadcasted vocalizations) to manage bird distributions, yet it remains unclear when this approach is likely to succeed. We reviewed published studies to evaluate whether the strength...
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