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Evidence for the effect of learning on timing of reproduction in blue tits.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  11935025     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
We experimentally show that in blue tits (Parus caeruleus) egg-laying date is causally linked to experience in the previous year. Females that received additional food in the nestling period in one year laid eggs later in the next year compared with the control birds, whatever the degree of synchronization with the natural food abundance in the previous year. As a result, they raised their brood much later than the peak period of nestling food availability in the next year. The response to experience is adaptive for blue tits, which live in heterogeneous habitats where the peak period of food varies, but once settled will breed at the same location for life.
Fabrizio Grieco; Arie J van Noordwijk; Marcel E Visser
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Science (New York, N.Y.)     Volume:  296     ISSN:  1095-9203     ISO Abbreviation:  Science     Publication Date:  2002 Apr 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2002-04-05     Completed Date:  2002-04-23     Revised Date:  2007-03-19    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0404511     Medline TA:  Science     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  136-8     Citation Subset:  IM    
Netherlands Institute of Ecology, Center for Terrestrial Ecology, Post Office Box 40, 6666 ZG Heteren, Netherlands.
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MeSH Terms
Adaptation, Physiological
Behavior, Animal*
Songbirds / physiology*
Time Factors
Comment In:
Science. 2002 Apr 5;296(5565):29-31   [PMID:  11934997 ]

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