The adaptive significance of hatching synchrony of waterfowl eggs

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Abstract

We estimated the amount of incubation time that first laid Black Brent eggs received before completion of the clutch. First laid eggs received up to 48 hours of incubation before the last egg was laid in Brent clutches. Waterfowl clutches usually hatch within a period of 24 hours, suggesting that some mechanism reduces developmental asynchrony during incubation. The combination of incubation during laying and hatch synchronization mechanisms should be adaptive because these traits reduce nest exposure, maintain egg viability, and result in an earlier hatch date, all of which increase fitness in waterfowl.

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Publication type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Title The adaptive significance of hatching synchrony of waterfowl eggs
Series title Wildfowl
Volume 45
Year Published 1994
Language English
Publisher Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust
Contributing office(s) Alaska Science Center
Description 7 p.
First page 248
Last page 254
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