The loss of a parent is the most common cause of brood failure in blue tits

Complete brood failure in blue tits is almost always associated with the sudden and permanent disappearance of one of the parents. Peter Santema and Bart Kempenaers from the Max Planck Institute for Ornithology in Seewiesen show in their study that the remaining parent substantially increased its effort to raise at least some of the chicks, which turned out to be successful in two thirds of the nests.

The loss of a parent is the most common cause of brood failure in blue tits

Single parent males generally do worse, probably because they are not able to keep their chicks warm. Their findings are published today in the Journal of Animal Ecology.

Tue 12 Jun 18 from Phys.org

The loss of a parent is the most common cause of brood failure in blue tits, Tue 12 Jun 18 from ScienceDaily

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