As regular CFZ-watchers will know, for some time Corinna has been doing a column for Animals & Men and a regular segment on On The Track... particularly about out-of-place birds and rare vagrants. There seem to be more and more bird stories from all over the world hitting the news these days so, to make room for them all - and to give them all equal and worthy coverage - she has set up this new blog to cover all things feathery and Fortean.

Sunday, 14 June 2015

Songbirds find success nesting in introduced shrubs

Date: June 10, 2015

Source: Central Ornithology Publication Office

Summary: Everyone likes things that are bad for them sometimes --including birds. When an animal makes choices that are harmful for it, by reducing their lifespan, reproductive success, etc., this is known as an 'evolutionary trap.' If birds prefer to build their nests in non-native plants but these nests are less successful, they've fallen into such a trap, and researchers recently set out to determine whether this is the case for Veeries nesting in invasive shrubs.

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