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The winter fattening model: a test at low latitude using the Clamorous Reed Warbler

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Small birds at high latitudes accumulate fat during the day so that they can survive long and cold winter nights. The winter fattening model suggests that birds increase their minimum (morning) mass in cold weather, build up their mass during the day, and then rely on the energy reserves so accumulated until the morning. While data from mid and high latitudes support this model, little is known about the strategies of birds inhabiting lower latitudes (< 40°N). We use an 18-year data set to investigate whether the winter fattening model holds in a mid-latitude (32°N) population of the Clamorous Reed Warbler Acrocephalus stentoreus. We show that morning mass and fat score vary as predicted by the winter fattening model. In addition, adults appear to be better adapted to long and cold winter nights than first-year birds. A long-term trend of increased body mass may be attributable to character release following reduced interspecific competition.
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Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: 1: Kibbutz Nir David, Bet Shean Valley, Israel 2: Department of Zoology, University of Cambridge, Downing Street, Cambridge CB2 3EJ, UK

Publication date: 2005-10-01

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