Avian body size and life history


This dataset compares avian body sizes with mating characteristics for 3769 species.

Dataset Location: Ecological Archives

Site Location: Western Palearctic, North America, Africa, Austrailia, New Zealand, Antarctica

Sites Georeferenced: No

Methods: Data was gathered from major ornithologial handbooks, suplemented by authors personal data. Behavioral scores are described within the metadata. Mean trait values are presented.

Data Collected: body mass; wing, tarsus, bill, & tail length; egg & clutch size; mating system; sexual display agility; intersexual resource division 

Citation: Terje Lislevand, Jordi Figuerola, and Tamás Székely. 2007. Avian body sizes in relation to fecundity, mating system, display behavior, and resource sharing. Ecology 88:1605.

Best practices: Taxonomy follows Monroe and Sibley (1997). Error code for missing data is -999. Additional authentication procedures described in metadata.

Additional considerations:  p, li { white-space: pre-wrap; } Due to the species level qualities of the data, these data might not be suitable for use in answering population or site-specific questions.


Available via EcoData Retriever: Yes

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