Survival benefits of post-fledging care: experimental approach to a critical part of avian reproductive strategies.


1. Caring for offspring beyond leaving the nest is an important but under-studied part of avian life histories. Theory predicts that prolonged post-fledging parental care should yield fitness benefits such as increased fledgling survival. Post-fledging care is also costly in terms of time and energy available for subsequent reproduction, moult or migration… (More)
DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-2656.2009.01650.x


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