Nonideal nest box selection by tree swallows breeding in farmlands: evidence for an ecological trap?

Ève Courtois, Marc Bélisle, Dany Garant & Fanie Pelletier
Animals are expected to select a breeding habitat using cues that should reflect, directly or not, the fitness outcome of the different habitat options. However, human-induced environmental changes can alter the relationships between habitat characteristics and their fitness consequences, leading to maladaptive habitat choices. The most severe case of such nonideal habitat selection is the ecological trap, which occurs when individuals prefer to settle in poor-quality habitats while better ones are available. Here we studied...
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