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Calcium effects on life-history traits in a wild population of the great tit (Parus major): analysis of long-term data at several spatial scales.

Abstract:

Calcium is an essential micronutrient for birds during egg formation and for skeletal development in nestlings. Habitat level studies suggest that birds breeding in low-calcium areas may be limited in the size or number of eggs they lay and in the quality of their nestlings. However, as birds forage non-randomly and may travel considerable distances to acquire calcium, describing different breeding environments in terms of their calcium availability is problematic. Here we explore the spatial...

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10.1007/s00442-008-1222-8

Authors


Wilkin, TA More by this author
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Institution:
University of Oxford
Department:
Oxford, MPLS, Zoology
Reynolds, SJ More by this author
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Institution:
University of Oxford
Department:
Oxford, MPLS, Zoology
Journal:
Oecologia
Volume:
159
Issue:
2
Pages:
463-472
Publication date:
2009-03-05
DOI:
EISSN:
1432-1939
ISSN:
0029-8549
URN:
uuid:8b969282-b124-45f3-bd1e-517f5270b34b
Source identifiers:
204483
Local pid:
pubs:204483

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