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Male-male pair bonding, nesting and egg incubation in a wild passerine

Kindel, Jennifer; Legge, Sarah; Milenkaya, Olga; Walters, Jeffrey R


Examples of nesting behavior between pairbonded males are exceedingly rare among songbirds. We observed a male same-sex pair bond that resulted in the partial development of one egg while monitoring the breeding activity of a population of wild Crimson Finches (Neochima phaeton) over four breeding seasons. This male–male pair built four nests and incubated two clutches, each with a single egg of unknown origin, with at least one developing partially before failing. This same-sex behavior is...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2017
Type: Journal article
Source: Journal of Ornithology
DOI: 10.1007/s10336-017-1495-y


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