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Clutch-size variation in Western Palaearctic secondary hole-nesting passerine birds in relation to nest box design.

Anders Pape Møller 1, * Frank Adriaensen 2 Alexandr V. Artemyev 3 Jerzy Bańbura 4 Emilio Barba 5 Clotilde Biard 6 Jacques Blondel 7 Zihad Bouslama 8 Jean-Charles Bouvier 9 Jordi Camprodon 10 Francesco Cecere Alexis Chaine 11 Anne Charmantier 7 Motti Charter 12, 13 Mariusz Cichoń 14 Camillo Cusimano 15 Dorota Czeszczewik 16 Blandine Doligez 17 Claire Doutrelant 7 Anna Dubiec 18 Marcel Eens 19 Tapio Eeva 20 Bruno Faivre 21 Peter N. Ferns 22 Jukka T. Forsman 23 Eduardo García-Del-Rey 24 Aya Goldshtein 25 Anne E. Goodenough 26 Andrew G. Gosler 27 Iga Góźdź 18 Arnaud Grégoire 7 Lars Gustafsson 28 Ian R. Hartley 29 Philipp Heeb 30 Shelley A. Hinsley 31 Paul Isenmann 7 Staffan Jacob 30 Antero Järvinen 32 Rimvydas Juškaitis 33 Wojciech Kania 34 Erkki Korpimäki 20 Indrikis Krams 35 Toni Laaksonen 20 Bernard Leclercq Esa Lehikoinen 20 Olli Loukola 23 Arne Lundberg 28 Mark C. Mainwaring 29 Raivo Mänd 35 Bruno Massa 15 Tomasz D. Mazgajski 18 Santiago Merino 36 Cezary Mitrus 37 Mikko Mönkkönen 7, 38 Judith Morales-Fernaz 36 Juan Moreno 36 Xavier Morin 7 Ruedi G. Nager 39 Sven G. Nilsson 40 Ana C. Norte 41 Markku Orell 23 Philippe Perret 7 Christopher M. Perrins 27 Carla S. Pimentel 42 Rianne Pinxten 19 Ilze Priedniece 43 Marie-Claude Quidoz 7 Vladimir Remeš 44 Heinz Richner 45 Hugo Robles 2 Andrew Russell 11 Seppo Rytkönen 23 Juan Carlos Senar 46 Janne T. Seppänen 23 Luis Pascoal da Silva 41 Tore Slagsvold 47 Tapio Solonen 48 Alberto Sorace 49 Martyn J. Stenning 50 János Török 51 Piotr Tryjanowski 52 Arie J. van Noordwijk 53 Mikael von Numers 54 Wiesaw Walankiewicz 16 Marcel M. Lambrechts 7
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17 Evolution, adaptation et comportement
Département écologie évolutive [LBBE]
Abstract : Secondary hole-nesting birds that do not construct nest holes themselves and hence regularly breed in nest boxes constitute important model systems for field studies in many biological disciplines with hundreds of scientists and amateurs involved. Those research groups are spread over wide geographic areas that experience considerable variation in environmental conditions, and researchers provide nest boxes of varying designs that may inadvertently introduce spatial and temporal variation in reproductive parameters. We quantified the relationship between mean clutch size and nest box size and material after controlling for a range of environmental variables in four of the most widely used model species in the Western Palaearctic: great tit Parus major, blue tit Cyanistes caeruleus, pied flycatcher Ficedula hypoleuca and collared flycatcher F.albicollis from 365 populations and 79610 clutches. Nest floor area and nest box material varied non-randomly across latitudes and longitudes, showing that scientists did not adopt a random box design. Clutch size increased with nest floor area in great tits, but not in blue tits and flycatchers. Clutch size of blue tits was larger in wooden than in concrete nest boxes. These findings demonstrate that the size of nest boxes and material used to construct nest boxes can differentially affect clutch size in different species. The findings also suggest that the nest box design may affect not only focal species, but also indirectly other species through the effects of nest box design on productivity and therefore potentially population density and hence interspecific competition.
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Anders Pape Møller, Frank Adriaensen, Alexandr V. Artemyev, Jerzy Bańbura, Emilio Barba, et al.. Clutch-size variation in Western Palaearctic secondary hole-nesting passerine birds in relation to nest box design.. Methods in Ecology and Evolution, Wiley, 2014, 5 (4), pp.353-362. ⟨10.1111/2041-210X.12160⟩. ⟨hal-00994449⟩

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