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Parental differences in brood provisioning by Hen Harriers Circus cyaneus

By Fiona M. Leckie, Beatriz E. Arroyo, Simon J. Thirgood and Stephen M Redpath


Aims To quantify how parents balance the needs of their offspring for food and protection. \ud \ud Methods We studied 13 nests from hides and spent on average 101 hours per nest monitoring prey types, provisioning rate and the time spent at the nest by both sexes in relation to brood size and brood age. \ud \ud Results Males always provided more food than females. Males brought similar amounts of prey items irrespective of brood size and nestling age, whereas females brought more prey and bigger items to larger and older broods. Females spent less time brooding larger broods, particularly early on. \ud \ud Conclusions Hen Harrier parents share the provisioning burden, with each parent delivering prey as a function of brood care requirements, hunting capability and the behaviour of the other parent

Topics: Zoology
Year: 2008
DOI identifier: 10.1080/00063650809461524
OAI identifier: oai:nora.nerc.ac.uk:14324
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