News of the WeekANIMAL BEHAVIOR

Birds Spy on Neighbors To Choose Nest Sites

Science  16 Aug 2002:
Vol. 297, Issue 5584, pp. 1107-1108
DOI: 10.1126/science.297.5584.1107a

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Summary

Information is power, even for birds. Faced with tough choices, animals that know how others have fared in comparable situations can make better decisions. On page 1168, researchers report that collared flycatchers decide where to nest and whether to return the next year based in part on knowledge of their neighbors' reproductive success.

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