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dc.contributor.authorSheard, Catherine
dc.contributor.authorStott, Lucy
dc.contributor.authorStreet, Sally E.
dc.contributor.authorHealy, Susan D.
dc.contributor.authorSugasawa, Shoko
dc.contributor.authorLala, Kevin N.
dc.identifier.citationSheard , C , Stott , L , Street , S E , Healy , S D , Sugasawa , S & Lala , K N 2024 , ' Anthropogenic nest material use in a global sample of birds ' , Journal of Animal Ecology , vol. Early View .
dc.identifier.otherRIS: urn:57FAA59B74BDEFFDF1AA9295EB6D5D45
dc.identifier.otherORCID: /0000-0002-2457-0900/work/156627521
dc.identifier.otherORCID: /0000-0002-8059-4480/work/156627598
dc.descriptionThis work was supported by the John Templeton Foundation (60501) and the European Research Council (788203).en
dc.description.abstractAs humans increasingly modify the natural world, many animals have responded by changing their behaviour. Understanding and predicting the extent of these responses is a key step in conserving these species. For example, the tendency for some species of birds to incorporate anthropogenic items?particularly plastic material?into their nests is of increasing concern, as in some cases, this behaviour has harmful effects on adults, young and eggs. Studies of this phenomenon, however, have to date been largely limited in geographic and taxonomic scope. To investigate the global correlates of anthropogenic (including plastic) nest material use, we used Bayesian phylogenetic mixed models and a data set of recorded nest materials in 6147 species of birds. We find that, after controlling for research effort and proximity to human landscape modifications, anthropogenic nest material use is correlated with synanthropic (artificial) nesting locations, breeding environment and the number of different nest materials the species has been recorded to use. We also demonstrate that body mass, range size, conservation status and brain size do not explain variation in the recorded use of anthropogenic nest materials. These results indicate that anthropogenic materials are more likely to be included in nests when they are more readily available, as well as potentially by species that are more flexible in their nest material choice.
dc.relation.ispartofJournal of Animal Ecologyen
dc.subjectArtificial materialen
dc.subjectBird nestsen
dc.subjectNest materialen
dc.titleAnthropogenic nest material use in a global sample of birdsen
dc.typeJournal articleen
dc.contributor.sponsorJohn Templeton Foundationen
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. 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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