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Decline in the frequency and benefits of multiple brooding in great tits as a consequence of a changing environment

Husby, Arild; Kruuk, Loeske; Visser, Marcel E.


For multiple-brooded species, the number of reproductive events per year is a major determinant of an individual's fitness. Where multiple brooding is facultative, its occurrence is likely to change with environmental conditions, and, as a consequence, the current rates of environmental change could have substantial impacts on breeding patterns. Here we examine temporal population-level trends in the proportion of female great tits (Parus major) producing two clutches per year ('double...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2009
Type: Journal article
Source: Proceedings of the Royal Society of London Series B: Biological Sciences
DOI: 10.1098/rspb.2008.1937


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