Predation by sparrowhawks favours early breeding and small broods in great tits

@article{Gtmark2017PredationBS,
  title={Predation by sparrowhawks favours early breeding and small broods in great tits},
  author={F. G{\"o}tmark},
  journal={Oecologia},
  year={2017},
  volume={130},
  pages={25-32}
}
  • F. Götmark
  • Published 2017
  • Medicine, Biology
  • Oecologia
  • The selective pressures determining timing of reproduction and brood or litter size in animals remain to be clarified, despite much research. In several detailed studies of birds, selection for an early start of breeding has been demonstrated. Young born early in the season are often assumed to benefit from long experience, high dominance in flocks and/or early settlement in territories. For forest-breeding great tits (Parus major) in Sweden, predation by sparrowhawks (Accipiter nisus) was… CONTINUE READING

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