Nest construction by a ground-nesting bird represents a potential trade-off between egg crypticity and thermoregulation

@article{Mayer2008NestCB,
  title={Nest construction by a ground-nesting bird represents a potential trade-off between egg crypticity and thermoregulation},
  author={P. Mayer and L. M. Smith and R. Ford and Dustin C. Watterson and Marshall D. McCutchen and M. Ryan},
  journal={Oecologia},
  year={2008},
  volume={159},
  pages={903}
}
  • P. Mayer, L. M. Smith, +3 authors M. Ryan
  • Published 2008
  • Biology
  • Oecologia
  • Predation selects against conspicuous colors in bird eggs and nests, while thermoregulatory constraints select for nest-building behavior that regulates incubation temperatures. We present results that suggest a trade-off between nest crypticity and thermoregulation of eggs based on selection of nest materials by piping plovers (Charadrius melodus), a ground-nesting bird that constructs simple, pebble-lined nests highly vulnerable to predators and exposed to temperature extremes. Piping plovers… CONTINUE READING

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