Pre-adaptationThe ability of a species to fit into a newly created habitat because its existing adaptation pattern happens to be suitable. For example, the Great Crested Grebe Podiceps cristatus and the Little Ringed Plover Charadrius dubius were pre-adapted to the gravel pit habitat, and woodland birds such as the Robin Erithacus rubecula and Blackbird Turdus merula, were pre-adapted to the habitat of suburban gardens.
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