Eggshell conspicuousness in ground nesting birds: do conspicuous eggshells signal nest location to conspecifics?

@inproceedings{Hanley2013EggshellCI,
  title={Eggshell conspicuousness in ground nesting birds: do conspicuous eggshells signal nest location to conspecifics?},
  author={Daniel Miller Hanley and Mary Caswell Stoddard and Phillip Cassey and Patricia L. R. Brennan},
  year={2013}
}
Predators can adversely impact nesting success and therefore the presence of seemingly conspicuous eggshells would appear maladaptive. The ratites, especially the tinamous, exhibit a diverse array of eggshell colours that appear to differ strikingly from their nesting substrate, while most ground-nesting species that do not build a nest lay camouflaged eggs. Surprisingly, there is little research on how these nest contents appear to ecologically-relevant viewers, including conspecifics and… CONTINUE READING

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