The spatial distribution and size of rook ( Corvus frugilegus ) breeding colonies is affected by both the distribution of foraging habitat and by intercolony competition

Griffinn, L. R. and Thomas, C. J. (2000) The spatial distribution and size of rook ( Corvus frugilegus ) breeding colonies is affected by both the distribution of foraging habitat and by intercolony competition. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London. Series B: Biological Sciences, 267 (1451). pp. 1463-1467. ISSN 0962-8452

Full content URL: https://doi.org/10.1098/rspb.2000.1165

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Abstract

Explanations for the variation in the number of nests at bird colonies have focused on competitive or habitat effects without considering potential interactions between the two. For the rook, a colonial corvid which breeds seasonally but forages around the colony throughout the year, both the amount of foraging habitat and its interaction with the number of competitors from surrounding colonies are important predictors of colony size. The distance over which these effects are strongest indicates that, for rooks, colony size may be limited outside of the breeding season when colony foraging ranges are larger and overlap to a greater extent.

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