Effects of female body size and phylogeny on avian nest dimensions

Deeming, Charles (2013) Effects of female body size and phylogeny on avian nest dimensions. Avian Biology Research, 6 (1). pp. 1-11. ISSN 1758-1559

Full content URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.3184/175815512X13528955707337

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Abstract

This study used records collated from the literature to examine the relationships for nest dimensions and female body mass and to ascertain the impact of phylogenetic relatedness. Large bird species do build bigger nests than smaller bird species but they tend to be broader with shallower cups. Differences between passerines and non-passerines are observed for most nest dimensions; nest cup diameter scales to the cube root of female body mass and is unaffected by this high level of taxonomic distinction. Lower taxonomic levels, i.e. Order and Family, have significant but varying effects on the different nest dimensions. The nest materials define the space occupied by the eggs and incubating bird and would offer structural support. It is not possible to dismiss a role for various nest materials conferring a different insulatory property to the nest that is unrelated to its structure alone.

Keywords:Bird nest, Phylogeny
Subjects:C Biological Sciences > C140 Developmental/Reproductive Biology
Divisions:College of Science > School of Life Sciences
ID Code:9628
Deposited On:27 May 2013 18:38

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