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Variation in clutch size in relation to nest size in birds.

Anders P. Møller (1) , Frank Adriaensen (2) , Alexandr Artemyev (3) , Jerzy Bańbura (4) , Emilio Barba (5) , Clotilde Biard (6) , Jacques Blondel (7) , Zihad Bouslama (8) , Jean-Charles Bouvier (9) , Jordi Camprodon (10) , Francesco Cecere , A. Charmantier (7) , Motti Charter (11, 12) , Mariusz Cichoń (13) , Camillo Cusimano (14) , Dorota Czeszczewik (15) , Virginie Demeyrier (7) , Blandine Doligez (16) , Claire Doutrelant (7) , Anna Dubiec (17) , Marcel Eens (18) , Tapio Eeva (19) , Bruno Faivre (20) , Peter N. Ferns (21) , Jukka T. Forsman (22) , Eduardo García-Del-Rey (23) , Aya Goldshtein (12) , Anne E. Goodenough (24) , Andrew G. Gosler (25) , Iga Góźdź (17) , Arnaud Grégoire (7) , Lars Gustafsson (26) , Ian R. Hartley (27) , Philipp Heeb (28) , Shelley A. Hinsley (29) , Paul Isenmann (7) , Staffan Jacob (28) , Antero Järvinen (30) , Rimvydas Juškaitis (31) , Erkki Korpimäki (19) , Indrikis Krams (32) , Toni Laaksonen (19) , Bernard Leclercq , Esa Lehikoinen (19) , Olli Loukola (22) , Arne Lundberg (26) , Mark C. Mainwaring (27) , Raivo Mänd (32) , Bruno Massa (14) , Tomasz D. Mazgajski (17) , Santiago Merino (33) , Cezary Mitrus (34) , Mikko Mönkkönen (7, 35) , Judith Morales-Fernaz (33) , Xavier Morin (7) , Ruedi G. Nager (36) , Sven G. Nilsson (37) , Ana C. Norte (38) , Markku Orell (22) , Philippe Perret (7) , Carla S. Pimentel (39) , Rianne Pinxten (18) , Ilze Priedniece (40) , Marie-Claude Quidoz (7) , Vladimir Remeš (41) , Heinz Richner (42) , Hugo Robles (2, 43) , Seppo Rytkönen (22) , Juan Carlos Senar (44) , Janne T. Seppänen (35) , Luís P. da Silva (38) , Tore Slagsvold (45) , Tapio Solonen (46) , Alberto Sorace (47) , Martyn J. Stenning (48) , János Török (49) , Piotr Tryjanowski (50) , Arie J. van Noordwijk (51) , Mikael von Numers (52) , Wiesław Walankiewicz (15) , Marcel M. Lambrechts (7)
1 ESE - Ecologie Systématique et Evolution
2 Evolutionary Ecology Group
3 Institute of Biology
4 Department of Experimental Zoology & Evolutionary Biology
5 Terrestrial Vertebrates Research Unit "Cavanilles"
6 Laboratoire Ecologie et évolution
7 CEFE - Centre d’Ecologie Fonctionnelle et Evolutive
8 Research Laboratory "Ecology of Terrestrial and Aquatic Systems"
9 PSH - Unité de recherche Plantes et Systèmes de Culture Horticoles
10 Biodiversity Department
11 Society for the Protection of Nature
12 University of Haifa [Haifa]
13 Institute of Environmental Sciences
14 Stazione Inanellamento c/o Dipartimento SEN-FIMIZO
15 Department of Zoology
16 Evolution, adaptation et comportement
17 Museum and Institute of Zoology
18 Department of Biology (Ethology)
19 Section of Ecology
20 BGS - Biogéosciences [UMR 6282]
21 School of Biosciences [Cardiff]
22 Department of Biology
23 Departamento de Ecología
24 Department of Natural and Social Sciences
25 Department of Zoology
26 Evolutionary Biology Centre
27 Lancaster Environment Centre
28 EDB - Evolution et Diversité Biologique
29 CEH - Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
30 Kilpisjarvi Biological Station
31 Institute of Ecology of Nature Research Centre
32 Institute of Ecology & Earth Sciences
33 Departamento de Ecología Evolutiva
34 Department of Zoology
35 JYU - Department of Biological and Environmental Science [Jyväskylä Univ]
36 Institute of Biodiversity, Animal Health & Comparative Medicine
37 Department of Biology, Biodiversity
38 Department of Life Sciences
39 Centro de Estudos Florestais
40 Latvian Fund for Nature
41 Laboratory of Ornithology
42 IEE - Institute of Ecology & Evolution
43 GIBE - Evolutionary Ecology Group
44 Unidad Asociada CSIC de Ecología Evolutiva y de la Conducta
45 Department of Biosciences [Oslo]
46 Luontotutkimus Solonen Oy
47 SROPU
48 School of Life Sciences
49 Behavioral Ecology Group
50 Institute of Zoology
51 NIOO-KNAW - Netherlands Institute of Ecology
52 Environmental and Marine Biology
Clotilde Biard
Francesco Cecere
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Blandine Doligez
Marcel Eens
Tapio Eeva
  • Function : Author
Lars Gustafsson
Philipp Heeb
Staffan Jacob
Bernard Leclercq
  • Function : Author
Alberto Sorace
  • Function : Author

Abstract

Nests are structures built to support and protect eggs and/or offspring from predators, parasites, and adverse weather conditions. Nests are mainly constructed prior to egg laying, meaning that parent birds must make decisions about nest site choice and nest building behavior before the start of egg-laying. 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 exhaustive database 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, they suggest that scientists may influence the clutch size decisions of hole-nesting birds through the provisioning of nest boxes of varying sizes.
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Anders P. Møller, Frank Adriaensen, Alexandr Artemyev, Jerzy Bańbura, Emilio Barba, et al.. Variation in clutch size in relation to nest size in birds.. Ecology and Evolution, 2014, 4 (18), pp.3583-3595. ⟨10.1002/ece3.1189⟩. ⟨hal-01092055⟩
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