Effects of early nutrition on growth rate and adult size in songsparrows Melospiza melodia

Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia) Science Article 4


We manipulated the quantity of food provided to hand-reared song sparrows Melospizamelodia from 3 to 18 days post-hatching, a period when young birds in the wild areespecially likely to experience nutritional stress. A control group was given unlimitedfood, while an experimental group was limited to 60% of the intake

William A. Searcy, Susan Peters and Stephen Nowicki, JOURNAL OF AVIAN BIOLOGY 35: 269-279, 2004

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