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Plasticity of parental care under the risk of predation: how much should parents reduce care?

Overview of attention for article published in Biology Letters, August 2013
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Title
Plasticity of parental care under the risk of predation: how much should parents reduce care?
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Biology Letters, August 2013
DOI 10.1098/rsbl.2013.0154
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Cameron K. Ghalambor, Susana I. Peluc, Thomas E. Martin

Abstract

Predation can be an important agent of natural selection shaping parental care behaviours, and can also favour behavioural plasticity. Parent birds often decrease the rate that they visit the nest to provision offspring when perceived risk is high. Yet, the plasticity of such responses may differ among species as a function of either their relative risk of predation, or the mean rate of provisioning. Here, we report parental provisioning responses to experimental increases in the perceived risk of predation. We tested responses of 10 species of bird in north temperate Arizona and subtropical Argentina that differed in their ambient risk of predation. All species decreased provisioning rates in response to the nest predator but not to a control. However, provisioning rates decreased more in species that had greater ambient risk of predation on natural nests. These results support theoretical predictions that the extent of plasticity of a trait that is sensitive to nest predation risk should vary among species in accordance with predation risk.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
United Kingdom 3 2%
Netherlands 2 1%
Brazil 2 1%
Germany 1 <1%
Sweden 1 <1%
Canada 1 <1%
Unknown 185 95%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Ph. D. Student 55 28%
Student > Master 39 20%
Researcher 29 15%
Student > Bachelor 24 12%
Student > Doctoral Student 12 6%
Other 19 10%
Unknown 17 9%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 141 72%
Environmental Science 20 10%
Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology 2 1%
Philosophy 1 <1%
Nursing and Health Professions 1 <1%
Other 6 3%
Unknown 24 12%

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