Accueil > Communication > Newsletter scientifique > Publications

Construction patterns of birds’ nests provide insight into nest-building behaviours [PeerJ]

Keywords :animal behavior, bioengineering, zoology

par Frédéric Magné - publié le

Previous studies have suggested that birds and mammals select materials needed for nest building based on their thermal or structural properties, although the amounts or properties of the materials used have been recorded for only a very small number of species. Some of the behaviours underlying the construction of nests can be indirectly determined by careful deconstruction of the structure and measurement of the biomechanical properties of the materials used. Here we examined this idea in an investigation of Bullfinch (Pyrrhula pyrrhula) nests as a model for open-nesting songbird species that construct a “twig” nest, and tested the hypothesis that materials in different parts of nests serve different functions.(...)

View online