Sophie Edwards, Tanya Shoot, and Jeff Martin’s new paper with Sue Healy on nest building has just appeared online. They show that zebra finches not only build larger nests at low temperatures but also modify their nest building according to previous breeding success. Unsuccessful birds build larger warmer nests on their next attempt regardless of temperature and have greater breeding success as a result.
Edwards, S.C., Shoot, T.T., Martin, R.J., Sherry, D.F. & Healy, S.D. (2020). It’s not all about temperature: breeding success also affects nest design. Behavioral Ecology doi:10.1093/beheco/araa052