Data from: Aquatic insects rich in omega-3 fatty acids drive breeding success in a widespread bird

Cornelia Wingfield Twining, Jeremy Ryan Shipley & David W. Winkler
Ecologists studying bird foraging ecology have generally focused on food quantity over quality. Emerging work suggests that food quality, in terms of highly unsaturated omega-3 fatty acids (HUFA), can have equally important effects on performance. HUFA, which are present in aquatic primary producers, are all but absent in vascular plants, and HUFA content is also correspondingly higher in aquatic insects. Here, we show that Tree Swallow (Tachycineta bicolor) chicks rapidly accumulate HUFA from food during...
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