Artificial incubation of parrots is a common practice in aviculture, however the parameters used are extrapolated from the poultry industry, and there is insufficient detailed documentation concerning their specific natural incubation patterns.
The immediate aim of the project is to gain knowledge about the natural incubation parameters and patterns of psittacines.
One strategic goal is to improve the artificial propagation techniques of this family of birds. Another is to lead to an investigation of the potential relationship between egg size, laying order (degree of hatching asynchrony), offspring quality (and sex) and selective maternal investment during incubation (in terms of egg rotation frequency and temperature) in different parrot species in an experimentally well-controlled and standardized setting.
Egg loggers provide an excellent technology to measure environmental conditions and rotation patterns accurately. In parallel, nest cameras provide the opportunity to observe and describe the behaviour during egg laying and incubation. These non-invasive tools will be used to provide fundamental data for improving artificial incubation in psittacines.
Max Planck Institute for Ornithology
Funding since 2016: 3,000$
Data logger egg