Parental age and reproduction in the marsh tit

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In the Marsh Tit Parus palustris, breeding performance improved with the age of both the male and the female parent-older birds produced larger clutches earlier in the season. The effect of male age, however, was mainly due to a positive association with the age of the female. When the effect of laying date was accounted for, there was no additional effect of female age on clutch-size. However, pairs with previous breeding experience laid larger clutches than newly formed pairs of the same age. There was some evidence that young females that laid late in the season were less likely to survive to breed again, leading to an age effect on reproductive performance. There was no evidence that individual birds laid earlier or produced larger clutches when they became older.

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  • Zoology
  • Ecology
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)196-201
JournalIbis
Volume135
Publication statusPublished - 1993
Publication categoryResearch
Peer-reviewedYes