Behavioural constraints and conservation biology: Conspecific attraction and recruitment

J. Michael Reed, Andrew P. Dobson

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Wildlife managers have devoted considerable time and research to determine how animals judge the suitability and quality of their habitat. These analyses typically center on habitat characteristics and often produce equivocal results. An additional method of habitat assessment is to examine the extent to which animals, and particularly birds, use conspecifics as cues to establishing breeding and feeding territories. Conspecifics can be indicators of habitat quality, or they might intrinsically affect reproductive success. Here we discuss the implications of conspecific attraction for biologists who wish to conserve endangered species that are living in fragmented habitats.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)253-256
Number of pages4
JournalTrends in Ecology and Evolution
Issue number7
StatePublished - Jul 1993

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics


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