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Can cooperative breeding buffer the impacts of habitat fragmentation?

In cooperative breeding species some individuals forego to breed independently and help raising offspring that are not their own. Whether and how facultative cooperative breeders may adaptively respond to population fragmentation remains poorly understood. We will investigate this question in an afro-tropical bird, Phyllastrephus placidus, in three different fragmented forest archipelagos located within the Eastern Arc Mountains biodiversity hotspot.

Date:1 Oct 2016 →  30 Sep 2020
Keywords:cooperative breeding, habitat fragmentation, Phyllastrephus placidus
Disciplines:Animal biology