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Jessica Scott - Avian Ecology Lab

Tuskegee University, Alabama

Comparing parental efforts of House Wrens in suburban and rural habitats

This study was conducted to determine if parental care (feeding rates and brooding time) differed in suburban and rural gradients. It also compared food provisioning by males and females, and determined if nestling stage had an effect on feeding rates. We also found that females were feeding more than males, and that both parents made more feeding trips during the late stage. After looking at the interactions between stage and sex of the parent, the results showed that males are fed slightly more in the early stage than in the late stage and the females fed more in the late stage than in the early stage. All of these findings were significant. Brooding time for rural habitats was more than suburban habitats, but these results were not significant.

Funding provided by NOAA/Sea Grant