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Journal Article

Provisioning of Young by the Oriental Magpie-Robin (Copsychus saularis)

Vinaya Kumar Sethi and Dinesh Bhatt
The Wilson Journal of Ornithology
Vol. 119, No. 3 (Sep., 2007), pp. 356-360
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/20456020
Page Count: 5
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Provisioning of Young by the Oriental Magpie-Robin (Copsychus saularis)
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Abstract

Information on provisioning behavior of birds in the Indian subcontinent is almost negligible. We studied provisioning of nestlings of the Oriental Magpie-robin (Copsychus saularis) in 11 nests in relation to brood size, nestling age, and time of day during March-July 2006. Both parents fed the nestlings. However, the rate of provisioning trips by females was higher (t = 9.51, df = 10, P < 0.01) than for males. Brood size and time of day did not affect the provisioning rate. Age of nestlings was an important factor affecting rate of parental provisioning. Nestlings were fed more as they became older and there was correlation (Spearman's rho = 1) between parental provisioning trips and nestling age.

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