Category: Muscicapidae

Sexual size dimorphism and sources of variation in the growth of wing feathers in nestling Pied Flycatchers Ficedula hypoleuca

Pied Flycatcher (Ficedula hypoleuca) Science Article 4 abstract I report a 5-year field study of the growth of flight feathers, as scored by the lengths of the wing and first-primary feather, of Pied Flycatcher nestlings when they were 13 days old. Further evidence to that already published for gender differences in growth of different traits […]

Environmental, genetic and maternal components of immunocompetence of nestling pied flycatchers from a cross-fostering study

Pied Flycatcher (Ficedula hypoleuca) Science Article 16 abstract Genetic, environmental and maternal effects can all affect the phenotypic expression of a trait.Through cross-fostering experiments in nesting birds, variation due to genetic and environmentaleffects can be partitioned and identified as being due to nest of origin and nest ofrearing in a two-factor nested analysis of variance […]

Effect of habitat and latitude on nestling diet of Pied Flycatchers Ficedula hypoleuca.

Pied Flycatcher (Ficedula hypoleuca) Science Article 13 abstract Composition and diversity of the nestling diet of Pied Flycatchers Ficedula hypoleuca was compared among 17 European study areas that differed in habitat type (deciduous or coniferous forest). The most abundant foods were butterflies and moths (Lepidoptera), with a high proportion of caterpillars. The proportions of beetles […]

Effect of habitat and latitude on nestling diet of Pied Flycatchers Ficedula hypoleuca.

Pied Flycatcher (Ficedula hypoleuca) Science Article 13 abstract Composition and diversity of the nestling diet of Pied Flycatchers Ficedula hypoleuca was compared among 17 European study areas that differed in habitat type (deciduous or coniferous forest). The most abundant foods were butterflies and moths (Lepidoptera), with a high proportion of caterpillars. The proportions of beetles […]

Provisioning response to manipulation of apparent predation danger by parental Pied Flycatchers

Pied Flycatcher (Ficedula hypoleuca) Science Article 3 abstract We tested whether nest visitation rate of parent pied Flycatch ers (Ficedula hypoleuca) is decreased by an experimentally increased predation risk. We simulated predation risk by placing a stuffed Pygmy Owl (Glaucidium passerinzm) in the nest vicinity and by playback of pygmy owl’s whistling. We used Blackbird […]

Provisioning response to manipulation of apparent predation danger by parental Pied Flycatchers

Pied Flycatcher (Ficedula hypoleuca) Science Article 3 abstract We tested whether nest visitation rate of parent pied Flycatch ers (Ficedula hypoleuca) is decreased by an experimentally increased predation risk. We simulated predation risk by placing a stuffed Pygmy Owl (Glaucidium passerinzm) in the nest vicinity and by playback of pygmy owl’s whistling. We used Blackbird […]

From mating to laying: genetic and environmental variation in mating dates and prelaying periods of female pied flycatchers Ficedula hypoleuca

Pied Flycatcher (Ficedula hypoleuca) Science Article 2 abstract The duration of the period comprised between mating and the onset of laying and its correlates and consequences for aspects of female breeding performance are investigated in a population of pied flycatchers studied for 5 years. That duration may represent a compromise between the selective pressure on […]

The quality of pied flycatcher (Ficedula hypoleuca) and great tit (Parus major) females in an air pollution gradient

Pied Flycatcher (Ficedula hypoleuca) Science Article 1 abstract We studied whether pied flycatcher (Ficedula hypoleuca) and great tit (Parus major) females differed in quality between polluted and unpolluted habitats. Comparing female condition between incubation and nestling periods, we aimed at testing whether biometric differences in F. hypoleuca females were caused by assortative settlement (i.e. intraspecific […]

Parental care in Pied Flycatchers Ficedula hypoleuca: Energy expenditure in relation to plumage colour and mating status

Pied Flycatcher (Ficedula hypoleuca) Science Article 11 abstract Females may benefit from expending more resources in care of offspring sired by sexually attractive males than by those of unattractive males in species with biparental care. Attractive males may therefore reduce their share of parental expenditure to increase own survivorship and to further mating success. On […]

Parental care in Pied Flycatchers Ficedula hypoleuca: Energy expenditure in relation to plumage colour and mating status

Pied Flycatcher (Ficedula hypoleuca) Science Article 11 abstract Females may benefit from expending more resources in care of offspring sired by sexually attractive males than by those of unattractive males in species with biparental care. Attractive males may therefore reduce their share of parental expenditure to increase own survivorship and to further mating success. On […]