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Parental nest defense on videotape: More reality than "myth"

Auk

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DOI: 10.1642/0004-8038(2005)122[0701:PNDOVM]2.0.CO;2

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Abstract

Predation is recognized as the primary source of nest mortality in most passerine species (e.g. Ricklefs 1969, Martin 1992a); thus, it is no surprise that parental nest defense has received considerable scientifi c a ention (see below). By nest defense, we refer to any parental behavior that decreases the probability that a predator (or brood parasite) will harm the nest contents and that simultaneously entails some cost to the bird engaged in the behavior—either by increasing the bird’s risk of injury or death (Montgomerie and Weatherhead 1988) or by at least increasing its expenditure of time and energy (Buitron 1983).

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Publication type:
Article
Publication Subtype:
Journal Article
Title:
Parental nest defense on videotape: More reality than "myth"
Series title:
Auk
DOI:
10.1642/0004-8038(2005)122[0701:PNDOVM]2.0.CO;2
Volume:
122
Issue:
2
Year Published:
2005
Language:
English
Publisher:
American Ornithological Society
Contributing office(s):
Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center
Description:
5 p.
First page:
701
Last page:
705