Songbirds divorce, flee, fail to reproduce due to suburban sprawl

January 3, 2017  see full article here

Suburban development is forcing some songbirds to divorce, pack up and leave and miss their best chances for successful reproduction.

… for one group of songbirds — called “avoiders” — urban sprawl is kicking them out of their territory, forcing divorce and stunting their ability to find new mates and reproduce successfully, even after relocating…

John M. Marzluff, Jack H. Delap, M. David Oleyar, Kara A. Whittaker, Beth Gardner. Breeding Dispersal by Birds in a Dynamic Urban Ecosystem. PLOS, December 28, 2016 DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0167829