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Reproductive success and helper effects in the cooperatively breeding grey-crowned babbler (Pomatostomus temporalis)

Blackmore, Caroline; Heinsohn, Robert


Cooperative breeding, where some individuals help to raise offspring that are not their own, is a relatively rare social system in birds. We studied the breeding biology of a declining cooperative breeder, the grey-crowned babbler Pomatostomus temporalis, with the aim of isolating the social factors that affect its reproductive success. Most breeding pairs were assisted by philopatric offspring, although pairs could breed successfully without helpers. Females laid up to four clutches (usually...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2007
Type: Journal article
Source: Journal of Zoology
DOI: 10.1111/j.1469-7998.2007.00332.x


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