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Sociality in Birds

Cockburn, Andrew; Hatchwell, Ben J.; Koenig, Walter D.


Birds differ from the other groups discussed in this book not via any single feature but by often combining four unusual traits. First, most birds fly, which enhances' their ability to choose where they breed and forage, activities that they therefore can, at least potentially, do in very different areas. For example, some albatross travel more than 10,000 kilometers to gain food to provision their young. Second, birds are homeotherms and maintain a very high body temperature, so the metabolic...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2017
Type: Book chapter
Book Title: Comparative Social Evolution
DOI: .1017/9781107338319.012


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