Nest visit synchrony is high and correlates with reproductive success in the wild Zebra finch Taeniopygia guttata

Mariette, Mylene M. and Griffith, Simon C. 2012, Nest visit synchrony is high and correlates with reproductive success in the wild Zebra finch Taeniopygia guttata, Journal of Avian Biology, vol. 43, no. 2, pp. 131-140, doi: 10.1111/j.1600-048X.2012.05555.x.

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Title Nest visit synchrony is high and correlates with reproductive success in the wild Zebra finch Taeniopygia guttata
Author(s) Mariette, Mylene M.ORCID iD for Mariette, Mylene M.
Griffith, Simon C.
Journal name Journal of Avian Biology
Volume number 43
Issue number 2
Start page 131
End page 140
Total pages 10
Publisher Blackwell Publishing
Place of publication London, England
Publication date 2012
ISSN 0908-8857
Keyword(s) Wild zebra finch
Reproductive success
Summary Nest visit synchrony, whereby adults coordinate their visits to the nest, has been documented in several species of cooperative breeders. Visit synchrony may reduce nest predation rate or sibling competition, or instead follow from synchronisation of other behaviours, such as foraging. However, nest visit synchrony has rarely been considered in species with bi-parental care, even though it could conceivably bring similar fitness benefits to that seen in cooperative breeders. In addition, in species with bi-parental care, we might expect nest visit synchrony to reflect the quality of the pair or the overall coordination of breeding activity between partners. Here, we tested whether nest visit synchrony occurs in a classic avian model for the study of bi-parental care, the zebra finch Taeniopygia guttata. We found that in the wild, both zebra finch parents visited the nest very infrequently during nestling provisioning, with only one visit per hour, and that nest visits were highly synchronised with parents visiting the nest together on 78% of the visits. In addition, we found that nest visit synchrony was correlated with hatching rate, brood size at hatching and the number of offspring in the nest a few days prior to fledging. Our results suggest that, while more work is required to understand the benefits of nest visit synchrony in this species, considering behavioural synchrony and cooperation between mated partners may offer new insight into the study of parental investment, including in species with bi-parental care.
Language eng
DOI 10.1111/j.1600-048X.2012.05555.x
Field of Research 059999 Environmental Sciences not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 970105 Expanding Knowledge in the Environmental Sciences
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
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