Coping with the extremes: stress physiology varies between winter and summer in breeding opportunists.

Abstract

Seasonal changes in stress steroid hormone secretions are thought to reflect investment in self-maintenance versus reproduction. The capricious conditions hypothesis (CCH) posits that reduced corticosterone (CORT) secretion during stress coincident with parental phases of breeding is necessary in harsh environments because a full response would otherwise… (More)
DOI: 10.1098/rsbl.2011.0865

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