Use of materials in nest construction by Pied Flycatchers Ficedula hypoleuca reflects localised habitat and geographical location.

Deeming, Charles and Briggs, Kevin B (2016) Use of materials in nest construction by Pied Flycatchers Ficedula hypoleuca reflects localised habitat and geographical location. Bird Study, 63 (4). pp. 516-524. ISSN 0006-3657

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Abstract

Capsule Pied Flycatchers use different materials to construct their nests according to localised habitat and geographical location.
Aims This study tested the hypotheses that birds would use the leaves they normally encountered within their breeding territories and that nest composition varied between geographical locations.
Methods In Lancashire, Pied Flycatcher nests were collected from nestboxes built in locations dominated by different tree species and were deconstructed to determine which materials were used.
Results Materials found in nests generally reflected the localised habitat around the nest rather than showing evidence of active collection from distant sources of material. Nests from Lancashire were significantly different in composition when compared with published data for nests from north Wales and central Spain. The use of moss was dominated by the use of one species in all but two nests.
Conclusion Pied Flycatchers exhibit plasticity in nest construction behaviour because they were opportunistic in their choice of most nesting materials although they may be selective in their choice of moss.

Keywords:bird nest, Construction, Tree species, Moss, JCNotOpen
Subjects:C Biological Sciences > C140 Developmental/Reproductive Biology
Divisions:College of Science > School of Life Sciences
ID Code:24931
Deposited On:09 Nov 2016 14:19

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