Authors: A. J. Campomizzi, M. L. Morrison, J. A. DeWoody, S. L. Farrell, R. N. Wilkins

Determining where organisms breed and understanding why they breed in particular locations are fundamental biological questions with conservation implications. Breeding-site fidelity is common in migratory, territorial songbirds and is typically thought to occur following reproductive success with a social mate and success of nearby conspecifics. It is currently unknown if frequency of extra-pair paternity in a population influences use of information about reproductive success of nearby conspecifics for site fidelity decisions. We investigated patch fidelity of white-eyed vireos (Vireo griseus) based on reproductive success and quantified frequency of extra-pair paternity. We found support only for females making patch fidelity decisions following reproductive success with a social mate. Patch fidelity of males was not associated with reproductive success of nearby conspecifics, suggesting males may not use this information when extra-pair paternity is infrequent or the association is non-existent in this species.

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Campomizzi, A. J., M. L. Morrison, J. A. DeWoody, S. L. Farrell, and R. N. Wilkins. 2012. Win-stay, lose-switch and public information strategies for patch fidelity of songbirds with rare extra-pair paternity. Scientific Reports. 2(294).