Yarner Wood NNR: Phenological synchrony: Does it cause variation in parental provisioning rate of Blue tits (Parus caeruleus) and Pied flycatchers (Ficedula hypoleuca) 2013 (RP1675)

The aim of this MSc study was to assess whether adult blue tits Parus caeruleus and pied flycatchers Ficedula hypoleuca are able to respond to the spatial and temporal variation in food availability by adjusting their foraging strategies; through observing parental provisioning behaviour and monitoring caterpillar abundance and basic breeding parameters. The study concludes that changes in food availability may contribute to explaining the effect mismatching has on the breeding performance and provisioning rates of blue tits and that parental provisioning has a positive influence on nestling condition in both species.

Project details

Start date2013-04-01
End date2013-11-01

Closing statement

This work has been catalogued as part of the NNR Record Project and the results can be made available on request.

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