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Title: Intraspecific Brood Parasitism in Barn Swallows Hirundo rustica Nesting in Bunkers

Creator:

Czechowski, Paweł ; Zduniak, Piotr

Date issued/created:

2005

Resource Type:

Journal

Subtitle:

Wewnątrzgatunkowe pasożytnictwo lęgowe udymówki gniazdującej w bunkrach ; Short notes

Contributor:

Museum and Institute of Zoology, Polish Academy of Sciences

Publisher:

Museum and Institute of Zoology, Polish Academy of Sciences

Place of publishing:

Warsaw

Description:

pg(s) 162–164

Abstract:

During a four-year study of the breeding biology and ecology of an atypical population of Barn Swallows nesting in 13 abandoned post-war bomb shelters, the unexpected presence of foreign juveniles in active nests with nestlings was recorded on eight occasions. In five cases, single birds were noted, and in the other three, two foreign individuals were observed. The average age of the nestlings joined by foreign juveniles was 11.6 days (SE = 1.08, range 8–16), while the average age of the latter birds recorded with the nestlings was 23.2 ± 1.02 days (range 20–25). The mean distance between the hatching and parasitised nests was 0.9 ± 0.11 m (range 0.5–1.2). This unusual behaviour in swallows seems to be deliberate and is aimed at choosing a nest with nestlings in order to obtain extra food from experienced adult birds rather than an error caused by the darkness in the shelter.

Relation:

Acta Ornithologica

Volume:

40

Issue:

2

Start page:

162

End page:

164

Format:

text/xml

Resource Identifier:

oai:rcin.org.pl:55546 ; oai:rcin.org.pl:55546 ; 10.3161/068.040.0201

Source:

MiIZ PAN, call no. P.257 ; MiIZ PAN, call no. P.4568 ; click here to follow the link

Language:

eng

Language of abstract:

pol ; eng

Rights:

Rights Reserved - Free Access

Terms of use:

Copyright-protected material. May be used within the limits of statutory user freedoms

Digitizing institution:

Museum and Institute of Zoology of the Polish Academy of Sciences

Original in:

Library of the Museum and Institute of Zoology of the Polish Academy of Sciences

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