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Volume 61, Issue 5


Laying date of marsh tits Parus palustris in relation to climate change

Zdravko Dolenec
Published Online: 2006-10-01 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.2478/s11756-006-0102-0


Increasing evidence suggests that climate change affects bird breeding phenology and other life-history traits of wildlife. This study is based on the mean spring temperatures (February, March, April) and laying dates of first eggs of the marsh tit Parus palustris. We collected data from 1984 to 2004 for the Mokrice area in NW Croatia. Correlation between laying date and mean spring temperatures was significant. The relationship between mean laying date (y) and air temperature (x) can be expressed as y = 44.69 − 2.08x. Results indicate that spring temperatures are a good predictor of timing of laying eggs. Such long-term data could than be used in order to assess the effects on biological systems if human activities influence climate.

Keywords: Marsh tit; Parus palustris; laying date; spring temperature; climate change

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Published Online: 2006-10-01

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Citation Information: Biologia, Volume 61, Issue 5, Pages 635–637, ISSN (Online) 1336-9563, ISSN (Print) 0006-3088, DOI: https://doi.org/10.2478/s11756-006-0102-0.

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