view in publisher's site

Repeatability of nest morphology in African weaver birds

It is generally assumed that birds build nests according to a genetic ‘template’, little influenced by learning or memory. One way to confirm the role of genetics in nest building is to assess the repeatability of nest morphology with repeated nest attempts. Solitary weaver birds, which build multiple nests in a single breeding season, are a useful group with which to do this. Here we show that repeatability of nest morphology was low, but significant, in male Southern Masked weaver birds and not significant in the Village weavers. The larger bodied Village weavers built larger nests than did Southern Masked weavers, but body size did not explain variation in Southern Masked weaver nest dimensions. Nests built by the same male in both species got shorter and lighter as more nests were constructed. While these data demonstrate the potential for a genetic component of variation in nest building in solitary weavers, it is also clear that there remains plenty of scope in both of these species for experience to shape nest construction.


پر ارجاع‌ترین مقالات مرتبط:

  • مقاله General Agricultural and Biological Sciences
  • ترجمه مقاله General Agricultural and Biological Sciences
  • مقاله علوم کشاورزی و زیستی عمومی
  • ترجمه مقاله علوم کشاورزی و زیستی عمومی
  • مقاله Agricultural and Biological Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • ترجمه مقاله Agricultural and Biological Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • مقاله علوم کشاورزی و زیستی (متفرقه)
  • ترجمه مقاله علوم کشاورزی و زیستی (متفرقه)
سفارش ترجمه مقاله و کتاب - شروع کنید

95/12/18 - با استفاده از افزونه دانلود فایرفاکس و کروم٬ چکیده مقالات به صورت خودکار تشخیص داده شده و دکمه دانلود فری‌پیپر در صفحه چکیده نمایش داده می شود.