Why is it important to be clean?
The cost of nest sanitation in birds
|Starting date||Flexible within the academic year 2015/2016, but recommended to start as soon as possible|
|Specifics||This study will involve extensive field work (2-3 months) in the south of Spain, near the beautiful city of Granada|
The removal of nestling feces by adults (nest sanitation) is a common parental behavior in birds. However, this behavior is still poorly understood despite being an important component of parental care, especially in altricial bird species. In this study we are investigating different selective pressures that could be responsible of nest sanitation. We are exploring different hypotheses regarding feces removal and ingestion (yes, nestling feces are frequently consumed by parents in some species too). We are also interested in studying some particular adaptations to these behaviors, such as the existence of fecal sacs (feces enclosed in a mucous covering). In order to respond our questions we mainly use experimental manipulations.
For more information please contact: Juan Ibáñez-Álamo
GELIFES - Behavioural & Physiological Ecology
|Laatst gewijzigd:||08 juli 2016 23:35|