University of Cape Town
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Dehydration risk is associated with reduced nest attendance and hatching success in a cooperatively breeding bird, the southern pied babbler Turdoides bicolor

posted on 2021-04-29, 06:44 authored by Amanda BourneAmanda Bourne, Susan CunninghamSusan Cunningham, Amanda R. Ridley, Claire N. Spottiswoode, Andrew E. McKechnie
We used a novel combination of a non-invasive doubly-labelled water technique, nest temperature data and field-based behaviour observations to test effects of temperature, rainfall, and group size on physiology and behaviour during incubation in southern pied babblers Turdoides bicolor, a cooperatively-breeding passerine endemic to the arid savanna regions of southern Africa.


Australian Research Council FT110100188

BBSRC David Phillips Fellowship BB/J014109/1

British Ornithologists’ Union

DST-NRF Centre of Excellence at the FitzPatrick Institute for African Ornithology

Oppenheimer Memorial Trust 20747/01

University of Cape Town

National Research Foundation of South Africa 110506

National Research Foundation of South Africa 99050

National Research Foundation of South Africa 118627



Biological Sciences