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

  title={Nest construction by a ground-nesting bird represents a potential trade-off between egg crypticity and thermoregulation},
  author={Paul M. Mayer and Levica M. Smith and R. Glenn Ford and Dustin C. Watterson and Marshall D. McCutchen and Mark Russell Ryan},
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… 

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