Costs and benefits of late nesting in cliff swallows

  title={Costs and benefits of late nesting in cliff swallows},
  author={Charles R. Brown and Erin A. Roche and Valerie A. O’Brien},
Many organisms of temperate latitudes exhibit declines in reproductive success as the breeding season advances. Experiments can delay the onset of reproduction for early breeders to investigate the consequences of late nesting, but it is rarely possible to observe a distinct second round of nesting in species that normally nest only once. The colonial cliff swallow (Petrochelidon pyrrhonota) is a migratory songbird that has a relatively short breeding season in the western Great Plains, USA… Expand
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