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Nest predation and adult mortality relationships with post-natal metabolic rates and growth among songbird species

Citation

Ton, Riccardo; Martin, Thomas Eduard (2020), Nest predation and adult mortality relationships with post-natal metabolic rates and growth among songbird species, Dryad, Dataset, https://doi.org/10.5061/dryad.gxd2547j1

Abstract

Metabolism is thought to mediate the connection between environmental selection pressures and a broad array of life history tradeoffs, but tests are needed. High juvenile predation correlates with fast growth, which may be achieved via fast juvenile metabolism. Fast offspring metabolism and growth can create physiological costs later in life that should be minimized in species with low adult mortality. Yet, relations between juvenile metabolism and mortality at offspring versus adult stages are unexplored. We found that post-natal metabolism was correlated with adult mortality but not nest predation rates among 43 songbird species on three continents. Nest predation, but not adult mortality, explained additional variation in growth rates beyond metabolism. Our results suggest that metabolism may not be the mechanism underlying the relations between growth and mortality at different life stages.