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Clutch-size variation in Western Palaearctic secondary hole-nesting passerine birds in relation to nest box design.

Anders Pape Møller (1) , Frank Adriaensen (2) , Alexandr V. 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 , Alexis Chaine (11) , Anne Charmantier (7) , Motti Charter (12, 13) , Mariusz Cichoń (14) , Camillo Cusimano (15) , Dorota Czeszczewik (16) , Blandine Doligez (17) , Claire Doutrelant (7) , Anna Dubiec (18) , Marcel Eens (19) , Tapio Eeva (20) , Bruno Faivre (21) , Peter N. Ferns (22) , Jukka T. Forsman (23) , Eduardo García-Del-Rey (24) , Aya Goldshtein (25) , Anne E. Goodenough (26) , Andrew G. Gosler (27) , Iga Góźdź (18) , Arnaud Grégoire (7) , Lars Gustafsson (28) , Ian R. Hartley (29) , Philipp Heeb (30) , Shelley A. Hinsley (31) , Paul Isenmann (7) , Staffan Jacob (30) , Antero Järvinen (32) , Rimvydas Juškaitis (33) , Wojciech Kania (34) , Erkki Korpimäki (20) , Indrikis Krams (35) , Toni Laaksonen (20) , Bernard Leclercq , Esa Lehikoinen (20) , Olli Loukola (23) , Arne Lundberg (28) , Mark C. Mainwaring (29) , Raivo Mänd (35) , Bruno Massa (15) , Tomasz D. Mazgajski (18) , Santiago Merino (36) , Cezary Mitrus (37) , Mikko Mönkkönen (7, 38) , Judith Morales-Fernaz (36) , Juan Moreno (36) , Xavier Morin (7) , Ruedi G. Nager (39) , Sven G. Nilsson (40) , Ana C. Norte (41) , Markku Orell (23) , Philippe Perret (7) , Christopher M. Perrins (27) , Carla S. Pimentel (42) , Rianne Pinxten (19) , Ilze Priedniece (43) , Marie-Claude Quidoz (7) , Vladimir Remeš (44) , Heinz Richner (45) , Hugo Robles (2) , Andrew Russell (11) , Seppo Rytkönen (23) , Juan Carlos Senar (46) , Janne T. Seppänen (23) , Luis Pascoal da Silva (41) , Tore Slagsvold (47) , Tapio Solonen (48) , Alberto Sorace (49) , Martyn J. Stenning (50) , János Török (51) , Piotr Tryjanowski (52) , Arie J. van Noordwijk (53) , Mikael von Numers (54) , Wiesaw Walankiewicz (16) , 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 SEEM - Station d’Ecologie Expérimentale du CNRS à Moulis
12 University of Haifa [Haifa]
13 Society for the Protection of Nature
14 Institute of Environmental Sciences
15 Stazione Inanellamento c/o Dipartimento SEN-FIMIZO
16 Department of Zoology
17 Evolution, adaptation et comportement [LBBE]
18 Museum and Institute of Zoology
19 Department of Biology (Ethology)
20 Section of Ecology
21 BGS - Biogéosciences [UMR 6282]
22 School of Biosciences [Cardiff]
23 Department of Biology
24 Departamento de Ecología
25 TAU - Tel Aviv University
26 Department of Natural and Social Sciences
27 Department of Zoology
28 Evolutionary Biology Centre
29 Lancaster Environment Centre
30 EDB - Evolution et Diversité Biologique
31 The Lodge
32 Kilpisjarvi Biological Station
33 Institute of Ecology of Nature Research Centre
34 Ornithological Station
35 Institute of Ecology & Earth Sciences
36 Departamento de Ecología Evolutiva
37 Department of Zoology
38 JYU - Department of Biological and Environmental Science [Jyväskylä Univ]
39 Institute of Biodiversity, Animal Health & Comparative Medicine
40 Animal Ecology
41 Department of Life Sciences
42 Centro de Estudos Florestais
43 Latvian Fund for Nature
44 Laboratory of Ornithology
45 IEE - Institute of Ecology & Evolution
46 Unidad Asociada CSIC de Ecología Evolutiva y de la Conducta
47 Department of Biosciences [Oslo]
48 Luontotutkimus Solonen Oy
49 SROPU
50 School of Life Sciences
51 Behavioral Ecology Group
52 Institute of Zoology
53 NIOO-KNAW - Netherlands Institute of Ecology
54 Environmental and Marine Biology
Clotilde Biard
Francesco Cecere
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Marcel Eens
Tapio Eeva
  • Function : Author
Bruno Faivre
Lars Gustafsson
Philipp Heeb
Shelley A. Hinsley
  • Function : Author
Staffan Jacob
Bernard Leclercq
  • Function : Author
Sven G. Nilsson
  • Function : Author
Alberto Sorace
  • Function : Author

Abstract

Secondary hole-nesting birds that do not construct nest holes themselves and hence regularly breed in nest boxes constitute important model systems for field studies in many biological disciplines with hundreds of scientists and amateurs involved. Those research groups are spread over wide geographic areas that experience considerable variation in environmental conditions, and researchers provide nest boxes of varying designs that may inadvertently introduce spatial and temporal variation in reproductive parameters. We quantified the relationship between mean clutch size and nest box size and material after controlling for a range of environmental variables in four of the most widely used model species in the Western Palaearctic: great tit Parus major, blue tit Cyanistes caeruleus, pied flycatcher Ficedula hypoleuca and collared flycatcher F.albicollis from 365 populations and 79610 clutches. Nest floor area and nest box material varied non-randomly across latitudes and longitudes, showing that scientists did not adopt a random box design. Clutch size increased with nest floor area in great tits, but not in blue tits and flycatchers. Clutch size of blue tits was larger in wooden than in concrete nest boxes. These findings demonstrate that the size of nest boxes and material used to construct nest boxes can differentially affect clutch size in different species. The findings also suggest that the nest box design may affect not only focal species, but also indirectly other species through the effects of nest box design on productivity and therefore potentially population density and hence interspecific competition.

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hal-00994449 , version 1 (21-05-2014)

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Anders Pape Møller, Frank Adriaensen, Alexandr V. Artemyev, Jerzy Bańbura, Emilio Barba, et al.. Clutch-size variation in Western Palaearctic secondary hole-nesting passerine birds in relation to nest box design.. Methods in Ecology and Evolution, 2014, 5 (4), pp.353-362. ⟨10.1111/2041-210X.12160⟩. ⟨hal-00994449⟩
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