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dc.contributor.authorSheard, Catherine
dc.contributor.authorStreet, Sally E
dc.contributor.authorEvans, Caitlin
dc.contributor.authorLala, Kevin N
dc.contributor.authorHealy, Susan D
dc.contributor.authorSugasawa, Shoko
dc.identifier.citationSheard , C , Street , S E , Evans , C , Lala , K N , Healy , S D & Sugasawa , S 2023 , ' Beak shape and nest material use in birds ' , Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences , vol. 378 , no. 1884 , 20220147 .
dc.identifier.otherPURE: 291258382
dc.identifier.otherPURE UUID: 7ad7d51e-a158-440b-ba88-714f04153af2
dc.identifier.otherJisc: 1226276
dc.identifier.otherPubMed: 37427471
dc.identifier.otherpmc: PMC10331908
dc.identifier.otherScopus: 85164183332
dc.identifier.otherORCID: /0000-0002-2457-0900/work/139554818
dc.identifier.otherORCID: /0000-0002-8059-4480/work/139555050
dc.descriptionFunding: This work was supported by a BBSRC Discovery Fellowship (grant no. BB/S01019X/1); the John Templeton Foundation (grant no. 60501); and the European Research Council (grant no. 788203).en
dc.description.abstractThe evolution of behaviour can both influence, and be influenced by, morphology. Recent advances in methods and data availability have facilitated broad-scale investigations of physical form and behavioural function in many contexts, but the relationship between animal morphology and object manipulation-particularly objects used in construction-remains largely unknown. Here, we employ a new global database of nest materials used by 5924 species of birds together with phylogenetically informed random forest models to evaluate the link between beak shape and these nest-building materials. We find that beak morphology, together with species diet and access to materials, can predict nest-material use above chance and with high accuracy (68-97%). Much of this relationship, however, is driven by phylogenetic signal and sampling biases. We therefore conclude that while variation in nest material use is linked with that of beak shape across bird species, these correlations are modulated by the ecological context and evolutionary history of these species.
dc.relation.ispartofPhilosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciencesen
dc.rightsCopyright © 2023 The Authors. Published by the Royal Society under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, provided the original author and source are credited.en
dc.subjectBird nestsen
dc.subjectObject manipulationen
dc.subjectForm-function coevolutionen
dc.subjectQH301 Biologyen
dc.titleBeak shape and nest material use in birdsen
dc.typeJournal articleen
dc.contributor.sponsorJohn Templeton Foundationen
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dc.contributor.institutionUniversity of St Andrews. School of Biologyen
dc.contributor.institutionUniversity of St Andrews. Centre for Biological Diversityen
dc.contributor.institutionUniversity of St Andrews. Scottish Oceans Instituteen
dc.contributor.institutionUniversity of St Andrews. Institute of Behavioural and Neural Sciencesen
dc.contributor.institutionUniversity of St Andrews. Centre for Social Learning & Cognitive Evolutionen
dc.description.statusPeer revieweden

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