First come, first bred: Timing of arrival in a breeding area is crucial for reproduction also in non-migratory birds

In birds, timing of arrival in a breeding area influences who ends up breeding and who does not. This aspect of behaviour, well-known in migratory birds, has now been studied for the first time in a resident species, the blue tit. Researchers at the Max Planck Institute for Ornithology found that arrival time in the breeding area was an individual-specific and fitness-relevant trait, as early-arriving individuals were more likely to breed in that year. The study suggests that it might be worthwhile to consider migration on different scales, not only as movements over thousands of kilometres to wintering grounds, but also more generally as movements between breeding and non-breeding sites.

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