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Factors influencing Cinnamon Teal nest attendance patterns

April 18, 2020

Patterns of nest attendance in birds result from complex behaviours and influence the success of reproductive events. Incubation behaviours vary based on individual body condition, energy requirements and environmental factors. We assessed nest attendance patterns in Cinnamon Teal Spatula cyanoptera breeding in the San Luis Valley of Colorado in 2016–2017 using trail and video cameras to observe behaviours throughout incubation. We evaluated the effect of temporal, life-history and environmental covariates on the frequency and duration of incubation recesses as well as the incubation constancy. There was considerable model uncertainty among the models used to evaluate recess frequency. Recess duration varied according to the interaction between nest age and a quadratic effect of time of day, with hens on older nests taking longer recesses in the afternoon and hens on nests earlier in incubation taking longer recesses in the morning and evening. Incubation constancy decreased with higher ambient temperatures in the study area. This study provides evidence that Cinnamon Teal modify their behaviour during incubation according to the age of the nest and the time of day. These results improve our knowledge of Cinnamon Teal breeding ecology and shed light on the behaviours that fast-lived species may use to cope with environmental factors during nesting.

Publication Year 2021
Title Factors influencing Cinnamon Teal nest attendance patterns
DOI 10.1111/ibi.12838
Authors Casey M. Setash, William L. Kendall, David Olson
Publication Type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Series Title Ibis
Index ID 70223732
Record Source USGS Publications Warehouse
USGS Organization Coop Res Unit Seattle