Does Conspecific Attraction Affect Nest Choice in Budgerigars (Melopsittacus undulatus: Psittacidae: Aves)?
Version of Record online: 25 DEC 2001
Volume 105, Issue 7, pages 583–594, July 1999
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Baltz, A. P. and Clark, A. B. (1999), Does Conspecific Attraction Affect Nest Choice in Budgerigars (Melopsittacus undulatus: Psittacidae: Aves)? . Ethology, 105: 583–594. doi: 10.1046/j.1439-0310.1999.00440.x
- Issue online: 25 DEC 2001
- Version of Record online: 25 DEC 2001
In their native Australia the budgerigar’s breeding season is very short and rapid nest establishment is crucial. To minimize the time required to locate and establish nesting sites, female budgerigars were predicted to use cues on nest site locations provided by other females in their colony. Experimental results from captive birds indicated that, while females can be attracted to nests that are occupied by other females, the social and breeding experience of individuals affects this use of conspecific cues. Females that have had altercations with other females that resulted in physical injuries showed an aversion to apparently occupied nestboxes. Females that had no such social experience prior to testing were attracted to apparently occupied nestboxes. Breeding experience, as well as social experience, may have an effect on the use of conspecifics as cues. Experienced breeding females were less likely to be attracted to apparently occupied nestboxes than were females that had never bred before.