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Copulation behaviour and paternity in shy albatrosses ( Thalassarche cauta )

Abbott, Cathryn; Double, Michael; Gales, Rosemary; Cockburn, Andrew


We investigated the mating system of shy albatrosses Thalassarche cauta by combining behavioural observations during the pre-laying period with genetic paternity analysis. Genetic data on the mating systems of several procellariiform seabirds have recently become available, but data on the reproductive behaviour of these species are rarely obtained. Our main aims were to describe the copulatory behaviour of this species and identify how males achieve within-pair and extra-pair paternity (EPP)....[Show more]

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Date published: 2006
Type: Journal article
Source: Journal of Zoology
DOI: 10.1111/j.1469-7998.2006.00185.x


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