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Lack of insects in cities limits breeding success of urban birds

1 month ago   |   By British Ecological Society

Researchers at the University of Pannonia, Hungary and the University of Sheffield, UK found that providing high quality supplementary food to urban great tits, in the form of nutritionally enriched mealworms, can dramatically boost their breeding success.
“Urban nestlings had considerably higher survival chance and gained an extra two grams of body mass when provided with an insect-rich diet, an increase of 15% compared to the weight of chicks that didn't receive extra food. This is a substantial difference.” said Dr Gábor Seress, lead author of the research.
This greater body mass when...
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