Academy of Finland
Funding decision
Name Forsman, Jukka
Organisation OY
Project title
Flow of information in animal communities: mechanisms and implications
Decision No. 122665
Decision date 02.10.2007
Funding period 01.01.2008 - 31.12.2011
Funding 322 540
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Project description
In this project, I examined interspecific information use using mainly two competing bird species, the resident tits (Parus spp.) and migrant flycatchers (pied and collared flycatchers; Ficedula hypoleuca and albicollis), as model species. I examined how migratory species use the density, breeding success, clutch size and location of tit nests in habitat choice and offspring investment decisions. I also examined whether interspecific information use enables the transmission of behavioural traits across species boundaries, generations, and the factors affecting it. I used a novel experimental method, developed by my team, in which abstract symbols on nest boxes are associated with occupancy and success of con- and heterospecific individuals. I also experimentally studied how birds can perceive increased nest predation from feces of mammalian nest predators, and how it affects birds’ habitat and nest-site selection.