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Incubation behaviour of a high-altitude species: the Fire-tailed Sunbird Aethopyga ignicauda
- Liang, Dan, Gao, Ge, Pagani-Núñez, Emilio, Pang, Hong, Liu, Yang, Luo, Xu, Robinson, Scott K.
- Bird study 2018 v.65 no.2 pp. 261-265
- altitude, females, microprocessors, mountains, parental behavior, prediction, temperature, China
- Capsule: The incubation behaviour of the Fire-tailed Sunbird Aethopyga ignicauda was measured using data loggers in the Hengduan Mountains, China, to test predictions of parental trade-off theory. Overall, female sunbirds prioritized incubation rather than self-feeding when temperatures were lowest, suggesting that brood demands may dominate parental behaviour in climatically extreme environments.