If the male dies the female will feed the young herself. In 1964a male was killed by another pied flycatcher, and the female sat on her six eggs and brought up heryoung despite thedead male remaining in the nest. Four young left the nest and two eggs remained unhatchcd, presumably bccausc the dead bird prevented effective brooding of these eggs. She clcarly did not react to the foul-smelling corpse. Like most other birds, pied flycatchers have a very poorly developed sense of smell.
However, if the female dies, the male abandons the eggs or young and begins searching for a new female.
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