Nest-Site Fidelity in Griffon Vultures: A Case of Win–Stay/Lose–Shift?

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  • a The Program of Environmental Studies, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Jerusalem 91904, Israel;
  • | b Present address: Kibutz Sde-Eliyahu 10810, Israel;
  • | c Scientific Director – Israel Raptor Conservation and Research Project, Society for the Protection of Nature in Israel, Israel Nature and Parks Authority and Israel Electric Corporation;
  • | d Present address: 24 Haoranim Street, Zichron-Yaakov 30900, Israel;
  • | e Department of Ecology, Evolution and Behavior, Department of Statistics, and The Federmann Center for the Study of Rationality, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Jerusalem 91904, Israel

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We studied the use of nest-sites by Griffon Vultures (Gyps fulvus) and the breeding success in these sites during 1998–2002 in Gamla Nature Reserve (Israel). Nest-sites in which a breeding attempt succeeded in fledging a young, were more likely to be occupied by nesting vultures in the following breeding season, than nest-sites that experienced a failure. This suggests that Griffon Vultures in Gamla used a Win–Stay/Lose–Shift strategy regarding nest-site fidelity.

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