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Offspring sex ratio of a woodland songbird is unrelated to habitat fragmentation

Broughton, Richard K.; Day, John C.; Carpenter, Jane E.; Gosler, Andrew G.; Hinsley, Shelley A.. 2018 Offspring sex ratio of a woodland songbird is unrelated to habitat fragmentation. Journal of Ornithology, 159 (2). 593-596. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10336-018-1546-z

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Abstract/Summary

We assessed whether the sex ratio of nestling Marsh Tits (Poecile palustris) varied with habitat fragmentation by sampling broods from two British woodland areas with contrasting patch size, and comparing the data with published results from an extensive forest in Poland. We found no evidence for manipulation of offspring sex ratios, supporting findings from Poland, and suggesting that this trait may be typical of the species. The results are important in helping to understand the origin of biased sex ratios observed among adult Marsh Tits in the declining population in Britain.

Item Type: Publication - Article
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): https://doi.org/10.1007/s10336-018-1546-z
UKCEH and CEH Sections/Science Areas: Biodiversity (Science Area 2017-)
Soils and Land Use (Science Area 2017-)
CEH Fellows
ISSN: 0021-8375
Additional Keywords: marsh tit, Poecile palustris, forest
NORA Subject Terms: Ecology and Environment
Date made live: 27 Mar 2018 14:42 +0 (UTC)
URI: http://nora.nerc.ac.uk/id/eprint/519322

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