Data from: Partial incubation during egg laying reduces eggshell microbial loads in a temperate‐breeding passerine

Patricia B. Bollinger, Eric K. Bollinger, Steven L. Daniel, Rusty A. Gonser & Elaina M. Tuttle
Incubation prior to clutch completion may be adaptive if it maintains egg viability by inhibiting eggshell microbial growth, thus reducing the likelihood that the embryo becomes infected. To test this hypothesis, we examined the effect of partial incubation during egg laying on eggshell microbial loads in eastern bluebirds Sialia sialis breeding at a temperate‐zone site. We sampled eggshell microbes prior to and following four days of exposure to either partial incubation during the laying period...
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