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Re: egg laying rates
Greg Paul wrote:
> I do not know of any bird that leaves
>its eggs exposed for more than a few minutes.
Sorry, not true. Birds (e.g. ostriches) control incubation by not
brooding until all the eggs are layed (>23 days). That is to insure
that eggs hatch within a relatively short time (hours) of each other.
E.g., see Bertram, B., 1992. The ostrich communal nesting system.
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