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Chen-Yang Liu, Uriel Gélin, Ru-Chuan He, Huan Li, Rui-Chang Quan. Flexible breeding performance under unstable climatic conditions in a tropical passerine in Southwest China. Zoological Research, 2021, 42(2): 221-226. doi: 10.24272/j.issn.2095-8137.2020.288
Citation: Chen-Yang Liu, Uriel Gélin, Ru-Chuan He, Huan Li, Rui-Chang Quan. Flexible breeding performance under unstable climatic conditions in a tropical passerine in Southwest China. Zoological Research, 2021, 42(2): 221-226. doi: 10.24272/j.issn.2095-8137.2020.288

Flexible breeding performance under unstable climatic conditions in a tropical passerine in Southwest China

doi: 10.24272/j.issn.2095-8137.2020.288
Funds:  The study was supported by the Lancang-Mekong Cooperation Special Fund (Biodiversity Monitoring and Network Construction along Lancang-Mekong River Basin project), Biodiversity Investigation, Observation, and Assessment Program (2019-2023) of the Ministry of Ecology and Environment of China, and CAS 135 (2017 XTBG-F03)
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  • Corresponding author: E-mail: quanrc@xtbg.ac.cn
  • Received Date: 2020-12-04
  • Accepted Date: 2021-02-23
  • Available Online: 2021-02-24
  • Publish Date: 2021-03-18
  • Parents may adjust their breeding time to optimize reproductive output and reduce reproductive costs associated with unpredictable climatic conditions, especially in the context of global warming. The breeding performance of tropical bird species in response to local climate change is relatively understudied compared with that of temperate bird species. Here, based on data from 361 white-rumped munia (Lonchura striata) nests, we determined that breeding season onset, which varied from 15 February to 22 June, was delayed by drought and high temperatures. Clutch size (4.52±0.75) and daily survival rate but not egg mass (0.95±0.10 g) were negatively affected by frequent rainfall. Daily nest survival during the rainy breeding season in 2018 (0.95±0.04) was lower than that in 2017 (0.98±0.01) and 2019 (0.97±0.00). The overall nesting cycle was 40.37±2.69 days, including an incubation period of 13.10±1.18 days and nestling period of 23.22±2.40 days. The nestling period in 2018 (25.11±1.97 days) was longer than that in 2017 (22.90±2.22 days) and 2019 (22.00±2.48 days), possibly due to the cooler temperatures. Climate also affected the total number of successful fledglings, which was highest under moderate rainfall in 2017 (115 fledglings) and lowest during prolonged drought in 2019 (51 fledglings). Together, our results suggest that drought and frequent rainfall during the breeding season can decrease reproductive success. Thus, this study provides important insights into bird ecology and conservation in the context of global climate change.
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