Interspecific Competition for Nest Holes Causes Adult Mortality in the Collared Flycatcher
1995 (English)In: The Condor, ISSN 0010-5422, E-ISSN 1938-5129, Vol. 97, no 2, 445-450 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Interspecific competition for nest sites between tits (Parus spp.) and Collared Flycatchers (Ficedula albicollis) was responsible for the death of 23 flycatchers during one breeding season. Eighteen (78%) of the killed flycatchers were males, and nineteen (83%) of the kills took place in nest boxes occupied by Great Tits (Parus major), and two (9%) in boxes occupied by Blue Tits (P. caeruleus). The number of casualties in different plots increased with increasing proportion of nest boxes occupied by tits (r = 0.76), and decreased with increasing density of nest boxes (r = -0.43). The number of casualties equalled up to 17% of all flycatcher individuals breeding in a given plot, indicating that interspecific competition for nest sites may constitute a significant source of adult mortality in the Collared Flycatcher population studied.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
1995. Vol. 97, no 2, 445-450 p.
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-84585DOI: 10.2307/1369030OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-84585DiVA: diva2:112493