Condition-dependent clutch desertion in Great Tit (Parus major) females subjected to human disturbance

Abstract

Nest desertion behaviour in relation to body condition and timing of breeding was studied in Great Tit (Parus major) females during two breeding seasons. Desertion, most likely unintentionally provoked by catching females during the incubation period, occurred at a very high rate with 41.2 and 25.6% of deserted first clutches in the two study years. The… (More)
DOI: 10.1007/s10336-011-0647-8

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