Adjustment of parental effort in the puffin; the roles of adult body condition and chick size

@article{Erikstad1997AdjustmentOP,
  title={Adjustment of parental effort in the puffin; the roles of adult body condition and chick size},
  author={Kjell Einar Erikstad and M. Asheim and Per Fauchald and L. Dahlhaug and Torkild Tveraa and P. Dahlhaug},
  journal={Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology},
  year={1997},
  volume={40},
  pages={95-100}
}
 We examined the adjustment of parental effort of puffins by switching 20-day-old chicks randomly between parents of known body condition. Among unmanipulated birds mass gain (5–20 days) and mass of 20-day-old chicks was positively correlated with the body condition of parents at day 6. During the first 5 days after chick switching 28% (n = 55) of the parents deserted their foster chick. Parents which deserted their foster chick originally had a chick of their own that was smaller than that of… CONTINUE READING

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