Hierarchical analysis of avian re-nesting behavior: mean, across-individual, and intra-individual responses

Beckmann, Christa, Biro, Peter A. and Martin, Kathy 2015, Hierarchical analysis of avian re-nesting behavior: mean, across-individual, and intra-individual responses, Behavioral ecology and sociobiology, vol. 69, no. 10, pp. 1631-1638, doi: 10.1007/s00265-015-1974-1.

Attached Files
Name Description MIMEType Size Downloads

Title Hierarchical analysis of avian re-nesting behavior: mean, across-individual, and intra-individual responses
Author(s) Beckmann, ChristaORCID iD for Beckmann, Christa orcid.org/0000-0002-7904-7228
Biro, Peter A.ORCID iD for Biro, Peter A. orcid.org/0000-0002-3565-240X
Martin, Kathy
Journal name Behavioral ecology and sociobiology
Volume number 69
Issue number 10
Start page 1631
End page 1638
Total pages 8
Publisher Springer Verlag
Place of publication New York, N.Y.
Publication date 2015
ISSN 0340-5443
Keyword(s) Nest depredation
Nest desertion
Nest site selection
Science & Technology
Life Sciences & Biomedicine
Behavioral Sciences
Environmental Sciences & Ecology
Summary © 2015, Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg. Anti-predator behavior is a key aspect of life history evolution, usually studied at the population (mean), or across-individual levels. However individuals can also differ in their intra-individual (residual) variation, but to our knowledge, this has only been studied once before in free-living animals. Here we studied the distances moved and changes in nest height and concealment between successive nesting attempts of marked pairs of grey fantails (Rhipidura albiscapa) in relation to nest fate, across the breeding season. We predicted that females (gender that decides where the nest is placed) should on average show adaptive behavioral responses to the experience of prior predation risk such that after an unsuccessful nesting attempt, replacement nests should be further away, higher from the ground, and more concealed compared with replacement nests after successful nesting attempts. We found that, on average, females moved greater distances to re-nest after unsuccessful nesting attempts (abandoned or depredated) in contrast to after a successful attempt, suggesting that re-nesting decisions are sensitive to risk. We found no consistent across-individual differences in distances moved, heights, or concealment. However, females differed by 53-fold (or more) in their intra-individual variability (i.e., predictability) with respect to distances moved and changes in nest height between nesting attempts, indicating that either some systematic variation went unexplained and/or females have inherently different predictability. Ignoring these individual differences in residual variance in our models obscured the effect of nest fate on re-nesting decisions that were evident at the mean level.
Language eng
DOI 10.1007/s00265-015-1974-1
Indigenous content off
Field of Research 060201 Behavioural Ecology
Socio Economic Objective 969999 Environment not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2015, Springer Verlag
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30077919

Connect to link resolver
Unless expressly stated otherwise, the copyright for items in DRO is owned by the author, with all rights reserved.

Version Filter Type
Citation counts: TR Web of Science Citation Count  Cited 14 times in TR Web of Science
Scopus Citation Count Cited 14 times in Scopus
Google Scholar Search Google Scholar
Access Statistics: 539 Abstract Views, 237 File Downloads  -  Detailed Statistics
Created: Mon, 09 Nov 2015, 15:39:12 EST

Every reasonable effort has been made to ensure that permission has been obtained for items included in DRO. If you believe that your rights have been infringed by this repository, please contact drosupport@deakin.edu.au.