EFFECT OF BROOD SIZE MANIPULATION ON OFFSPRING PHYSIOLOGY: ANEXPERIMENT WITH PASSERINE BIRDS

Tree Swallow (Tachycineta bicolor) Science Article 14

abstract

The environment experienced during ontogeny has a significant impact on the physiological condition of offspring. This, in turn, forecasts survival probabilities and future reproductive potential. Despite the prominent role that the concept of condition plays in evolutionary studies, the physiological and biochemical characters that define it remain relatively unexplored. In this study, we quantified the impact of brood size manipulations on the physiology and biochemistry of nestling tree swallows (Tachycineta bicolor) shortly before they fledged.

GARY P. BURNESS et al., The Journal of Experimental Biology 203, 3513-3520 (2000)

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