Data from: House sparrows offset the physiological trade-off between immune response and feather growth by adjusting foraging behavior

Miriam Ben-Hamo, Cynthia Downs, Darren Burns, Berry Pinshow, Cynthia J. Downs & Darren J. Burns
Growing feathers and mounting immune responses are both energetically costly for birds. According to the life history trade-off hypothesis, it has been posited that the costs of feather growth lead to temporal isolation between molt and other expensive activities, reproduction for example. In contrast to life cycle events, the need to mount an immune response can occur at any time, including during feather growth. Thus, we hypothesized that mounting an immune response during feather growth...
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