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Variation in clutch size in relation to nest size in birds.

Anders P. Møller 1, * Frank Adriaensen 2 Alexandr 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 A. Charmantier 7 Motti Charter 11, 12 Mariusz Cichoń 13 Camillo Cusimano 14 Dorota Czeszczewik 15 Virginie Demeyrier 7 Blandine Doligez 16 Claire Doutrelant 7 Anna Dubiec 17 Marcel Eens 18 Tapio Eeva 19 Bruno Faivre 20 Peter N. Ferns 21 Jukka T. Forsman 22 Eduardo García-Del-Rey 23 Aya Goldshtein 12 Anne E. Goodenough 24 Andrew G. Gosler 25 Iga Góźdź 17 Arnaud Grégoire 7 Lars Gustafsson 26 Ian R. Hartley 27 Philipp Heeb 28 Shelley A. Hinsley 29 Paul Isenmann 7 Staffan Jacob 28 Antero Järvinen 30 Rimvydas Juškaitis 31 Erkki Korpimäki 19 Indrikis Krams 32 Toni Laaksonen 19 Bernard Leclercq 33 Esa Lehikoinen 19 Olli Loukola 22 Arne Lundberg 26 Mark C. Mainwaring 27 Raivo Mänd 32 Bruno Massa 14 Tomasz D. Mazgajski 17 Santiago Merino 34 Cezary Mitrus 35 Mikko Mönkkönen 7, 36 Judith Morales-Fernaz 34 Xavier Morin 7 Ruedi G. Nager 37 Sven G. Nilsson 38 Ana C. Norte 39 Markku Orell 22 Philippe Perret 7 Carla S. Pimentel 40 Rianne Pinxten 18 Ilze Priedniece 41 Marie-Claude Quidoz 7 Vladimir Remeš 42 Heinz Richner 43 Hugo Robles 2, 44 Seppo Rytkönen 22 Juan Carlos Senar 45 Janne T. Seppänen 36 Luís P. da Silva 39 Tore Slagsvold 46 Tapio Solonen 47 Alberto Sorace 48 Martyn J. Stenning 49 János Török 50 Piotr Tryjanowski 51 Arie J. van Noordwijk 52 Mikael von Numers 53 Wiesław Walankiewicz 15 Marcel M. Lambrechts 7 
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16 Evolution, adaptation et comportement
Département écologie évolutive [LBBE]
Abstract : Nests are structures built to support and protect eggs and/or offspring from predators, parasites, and adverse weather conditions. Nests are mainly constructed prior to egg laying, meaning that parent birds must make decisions about nest site choice and nest building behavior before the start of egg-laying. Parent birds should be selected to choose nest sites and to build optimally sized nests, yet our current understanding of clutch size-nest size relationships is limited to small-scale studies performed over short time periods. Here, we quantified the relationship between clutch size and nest size, using an exhaustive database of 116 slope estimates based on 17,472 nests of 21 species of hole and non-hole-nesting birds. There was a significant, positive relationship between clutch size and the base area of the nest box or the nest, and this relationship did not differ significantly between open nesting and hole-nesting species. The slope of the relationship showed significant intraspecific and interspecific heterogeneity among four species of secondary hole-nesting species, but also among all 116 slope estimates. The estimated relationship between clutch size and nest box base area in study sites with more than a single size of nest box was not significantly different from the relationship using studies with only a single size of nest box. The slope of the relationship between clutch size and nest base area in different species of birds was significantly negatively related to minimum base area, and less so to maximum base area in a given study. These findings are consistent with the hypothesis that bird species have a general reaction norm reflecting the relationship between nest size and clutch size. Further, they suggest that scientists may influence the clutch size decisions of hole-nesting birds through the provisioning of nest boxes of varying sizes.
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Anders P. Møller, Frank Adriaensen, Alexandr Artemyev, Jerzy Bańbura, Emilio Barba, et al.. Variation in clutch size in relation to nest size in birds.. Ecology and Evolution, Wiley Open Access, 2014, 4 (18), pp.3583-3595. ⟨10.1002/ece3.1189⟩. ⟨hal-01092055⟩



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