Estimating nest-switching in free-ranging wild birds: an assessment of the most common methodologies, illustrated in the White Stork (Ciconia ciconia)
ISSN: 1474-919X (internet)
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Author/sTurjeman, Sondra; Eggers, Ute; Fiedler, Wolfgang; Centeno Cuadros, Alejandro; Kaatz, Michael; Zurell, Damaris; Jeltsch, Florian; Wikelski, Martin; Nathan, Ran
DepartmentBiomedicina, Biotecnología y Salud Pública
Reliable estimates of nest-switching are required to study avian mating systems and manage wild populations, yet different estimation methods have rarely been integrated or assessed. Through a literature review and case study, we reveal that three common methods for assessing nest-switching blend different components, producing a wide range of estimates. Careful component definition and reporting are essential to properly estimate this behaviour.