Patterns of wood duck nest temperatures during egg-laying and incubation

  • Wilson S
  • Verbeek N
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Abstract

We studiedt he thermael nvironmenotf WoodD uck( Aixs ponsa)n estsi n southeasterBn ritishC olumbiaM. eand aily nest temperature(Ts N)w erec orrelatedw ith maximumd ailya ir temperatureTs.N i ncreaseda s the egg-layinpge rioda dvanceda mong boths uccessfual nd unsuccessfunle sts,a lthoughT Nw as lowera mongu nsuccessfunle sts. Hensb egans pendingn ightso n nestsw hent herew erea s few as foure ggsi n clutches.T N andt hep recisionof nestt hermoregulatiionnc reaseadm ongs uccessfunle stsa st hei ncubation perioda dvanceda,l thoughth erew asa greadt ealo f variationb etweend aysa ndn ests.L ength of the incubationp eriodw as not correlatedw ith clutchs ize, nor with meano veralln est temperaturdeu ringin cubationb, ut was correlatewd itht he varianceo f TN'sd uringin cubation

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  • wood duck

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Authors

  • Steven F Wilson

  • Nicolaas A M Verbeek

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