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A long-tailed tit Aegithalos caudatus nest constructed from plastic fibres supports the theory of concealment by light reflectance

Broughton, Richard K. ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-6838-9628; Parry, Wayne. 2020 A long-tailed tit Aegithalos caudatus nest constructed from plastic fibres supports the theory of concealment by light reflectance. Ringing & Migration. https://doi.org/10.1080/03078698.2019.1830518

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Abstract/Summary

We document a highly unusual Long-tailed Tit nest in northwest England that is largely constructed from plastic debris, namely synthetic fibres, apparently from a nearby discarded cushion. We describe the nest location, its construction and its dimensions. The unusual nest material is discussed in relation to the potential insulation properties, and especially its camouflage according to the hypothesis of concealment by light reflection.

Item Type: Publication - Article
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): https://doi.org/10.1080/03078698.2019.1830518
UKCEH and CEH Sections/Science Areas: Biodiversity (Science Area 2017-)
ISSN: 0307-8698
Additional Keywords: artificial material, bird, camouflage, nest construction, plastic, synthetic fibres
NORA Subject Terms: Biology and Microbiology
Date made live: 08 Dec 2020 15:05 +0 (UTC)
URI: http://nora.nerc.ac.uk/id/eprint/529053

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