Variation in clutch size in relation to nest size in birds

Bruno Massa, Clotilde Biard, Carla S. Pimentel, Mark C. Mainwaring, Hugo Robles, Anne E. Goodenough, Jordi Camprodon, Jan-Åke Nilsson, Piotr Tryjanowski, Lars Gustafsson, Luís P. Da Silva, Staffan Jacob, Olli Loukola, Alexandr Artemyev, Virginie Demeyrier, Lars Gustafsson, Anders P. Møller, Iga Góźdź, Marie-Claude Quidoz, Judith Morales-FernazIlze Priedniece, Bernard Leclercq, Francesco Cecere, Aya Goldshtein, Santiago Merino, Markku Orell, Frank Adriaensen, Heinz Richner, Zihad Bouslama, Martyn J. Stenning, Dorota Czeszczewik, Cezary Mitrus, Mikael Von Numers, Anne Charmantier, Tomasz D. Mazgajski, Xavier Morin, Wieslaw Walankiewicz, Indrikis Krams, Peter N. Ferns, Raivo Mänd, Tapio Solonen, Alberto Sorace, Esa Lehikoinen, Philipp Heeb, Paul Isenmann, Toni Laaksonen, Jerzy Bańbura, Emilio Barba, Ruedi G. Nager, Claire Doutrelant, Blandine Doligez, Rianne Pinxten, Seppo Rytkönen, Arie J. Van Noordwijk, Mariusz Cichoń, Jukka T. Forsman, Juan Carlos Senar, Ian R. Hartley, Shelley A. Hinsley, Vladimir Remeš, Mikko Mönkkönen, Tapio Eeva, Andrew G. Gosler, Jacques Blondel, Bruno Faivre, Tore Slagsvold, Marcel M. Lambrechts, Arnaud Grégoire, Rimvydas Juškaitis, János Török, Marcel Eens, Erkki Korpimäki, Philippe Perret, Arne Lundberg, Jean-Charles Bouvier, Antero Järvinen, Sven G. Nilsson, Ana C. Norte, Motti Charter, Eduardo García-Del-Rey, Janne T. Seppänen, Anna Dubiec

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Abstract

Parent birds should be selected to choose nest sites and to build optimally sized nests, yet our current understanding of clutch size-nest size relationships is limited to small-scale studies performed over short time periods. Here, we quantified the relationship between clutch size and nest size, using an exhaustivedatabase of 116 slope estimates based on 17,472 nests of 21 species of hole and non-hole-nesting birds. There was a significant, positive relationship between clutch size and the base area of the nest box or the nest, and this relationship did not differ significantly between open nesting and hole-nesting species. The slope of the relationship showed significant intraspecific and interspecific heterogeneity among four species of secondary hole-nesting species, but also among all 116 slope estimates. The estimated relationship between clutch size and nest box base area in study sites with more than a single size of nest box was not significantly different from the relationship using studies with only a single size of nest box. The slope of the relationship between clutch size and nest base area in different species of birds was significantly negatively related to minimum base area, and less so to maximum base area in a given study. These findings are consistent with the hypothesis that bird species have a general reaction norm reflecting the relationship between nest size and clutch size. Further, theysuggest that scientists may influence the clutch size decisions of hole-nesting birds through the provisioning of nest boxes of varying sizes.
Lingua originaleEnglish
pagine (da-a)3583-3595
Numero di pagine13
RivistaEcology and Evolution
Volume4
Stato di pubblicazionePublished - 2014

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics
  • Ecology
  • Nature and Landscape Conservation

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    Massa, B., Biard, C., Pimentel, C. S., Mainwaring, M. C., Robles, H., Goodenough, A. E., Camprodon, J., Nilsson, J-Å., Tryjanowski, P., Gustafsson, L., Da Silva, L. P., Jacob, S., Loukola, O., Artemyev, A., Demeyrier, V., Gustafsson, L., Møller, A. P., Góźdź, I., Quidoz, M-C., ... Dubiec, A. (2014). Variation in clutch size in relation to nest size in birds. Ecology and Evolution, 4, 3583-3595.