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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.


Dan Liang

Ge Gao

Hong Pang

Yang Liu

Xu Luo

Scott K. Robinson


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.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Jan 5, 2018
Online Publication Date Apr 13, 2018
Publication Date 2018-04
Deposit Date Nov 2, 2022
Journal Bird Study
Print ISSN 0006-3657
Electronic ISSN 1944-6705
Publisher British Trust for Ornithology
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 65
Issue 2
Pages 261-265
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