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Scrutinizing assortative mating in birds

Wang, Daiping; Forstmeier, Wolfgang; Valcu, Mihai; Dingemanse, Niels; Bulla, Martin; Both, Christiaan; Duckworth, Renée A.; Kiere, Lynna Marie; Karell, Patrik; Albrecht, Tomáš; Kempenaers, Bart


It is often claimed that pair bonds preferentially form between individuals that resemble one another. Such assortative mating appears to be widespread throughout the animal kingdom. Yet it is unclear whether the apparent ubiquity of assortative mating arises primarily from mate choice (“like attracts like”), which can be constrained by same-sex competition for mates; from spatial or temporal separation; or from observer, reporting, publication, or search bias. Here, based on a conventional...[Show more]

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Date published: 2019-02-21
Type: Journal article
Source: PLOS Biology
DOI: 10.1371/journal.pbio.3000156
Access Rights: Open access via publisher website
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