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Fieldfare nestlings and fledglings feeding and adoption by the European Blackbird
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  • Dariusz Wysocki,
  • Katarzyna Wawryniuk,
  • Katarzyna Wojczulanis-Jakubas,
  • Karolina Cieślińska
Dariusz Wysocki
University of Szczecin

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Katarzyna Wawryniuk
Institute of Marine and Environmental Science
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Katarzyna Wojczulanis-Jakubas
University of Gdansk Faculty of Biology
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Karolina Cieślińska
University of Gdansk Faculty of Biology
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Inter-specific adoption is an intriguing topic in behavioural and evolutionary ecology. Being a rare phenomenon is rarely documented in the literature and thus reports of inter-specific adoption based on solid data are particularly valuable. Here, owing to a long-term and extensive monitoring of a local population of the European blackbird (Turdus merula, hereafter blackbird), we describe observations of alloparental behaviour exhibited by blackbirds towards fieldfare (Turdus pilaris) nestlings (single nest, first record ever) and fledglings (twelve cases in total). We discuss the observations in respect to available literature.
02 Mar 2023Submitted to Ecology and Evolution
13 Mar 2023Submission Checks Completed
13 Mar 2023Assigned to Editor
13 Mar 2023Review(s) Completed, Editorial Evaluation Pending
14 Mar 2023Reviewer(s) Assigned
06 Apr 2023Editorial Decision: Revise Minor
26 Apr 20231st Revision Received
10 May 2023Submission Checks Completed
10 May 2023Assigned to Editor
10 May 2023Review(s) Completed, Editorial Evaluation Pending
25 May 2023Editorial Decision: Accept