Egg size and parental quality influence nestling growth in the Shag

@article{Amundsen1990EggSA,
  title={Egg size and parental quality influence nestling growth in the Shag},
  author={Trond Amundsen and Jogeir N. Stokland},
  journal={The Auk},
  year={1990},
  volume={107},
  pages={410-413}
}
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