Brood desertion by female shorebirds: a test of the differential parental capacity hypothesis on Kentish plovers.

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The aim of this study was to examine whether the energetic costs of reproduction explain offspring desertion by female shorebirds, as is suggested by the differential parental capacity hypothesis. A prediction of the hypothesis is that, in species with biparental incubation in which females desert from brood care after hatching, the body condition of… (More)

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