Experimental heating reveals nest temperature affects nestling condition in tree swallows(Tachycineta bicolor)

Tree Swallow (Tachycineta bicolor) Science Article 10


Investment in one life-history stage can have delayed effects on subsequent life-history stages within a single reproductive bout. We experimentally heated tree swallow (Tachycineta bicolor) nests during incubation to test for effects on parental and nestling conditions. Females incubating in heated boxes maintained higher body condition and fed nestlings at higher rates.

Jonathan H. Perez et al., Biol. Lett. (2008) 4, 468-471

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