Nest architecture is linked with ecological success in songbirds

Iliana Medina, Daniela Perez, Ana C Afonso Silva, Justin Cally, Constanza Leon, Odile Maliet & Ignacio Quintero
Nests are essential constructions that directly determine fitness, yet their structure can vary substantially across bird species. While there is evidence supporting a link between nest architecture and the habitat a species occupies, we still ignore what ecological and evolutionary processes are linked to different nest types. Using information on 3175 species of songbirds, we show that – after controlling for latitude and body size – species that build domed nests (i.e., nests with a...
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