Reproductive phenology of urban birds: Environmental cues and mechanisms

Pierre Deviche, Scott Davies

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Studies have linked urbanization with advancement in the timing of seasonal reproduction (reproductive phenology) of birds. This chapter describes how urbanization modifies three environmental factors (light, temperature, and food availability); analyses the role of these modifications in alterations of avian reproductive phenology; and discusses mechanisms that underlie these modifications. The discussions cover the effects of urban lights; mechanisms of action of urban light on reproductive functions; fitness consequences of artificial lighting; impact of urbanization on ambient temperatures; effects of temperature on the reproductive system of urban birds; and the impact of the quantity and the quality of food on seasonal reproduction.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationAvian Urban Ecology
PublisherOxford University Press
ISBN (Electronic)9780191810176
ISBN (Print)9780199661572
StatePublished - Nov 14 2013


  • Food availability
  • Light
  • Reproductive phenology
  • Seasonal reproduction
  • Temperature
  • Urban birds
  • Urbanization

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Agricultural and Biological Sciences(all)


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