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Dawn song in superb fairy-wrens: a bird that seeks extrapair copulations during the dawn chorus

Dalziell, Anastasia; Cockburn, Andrew


Functional explanations of the dawn chorus in birds remain elusive. One hypothesis suggests that this acoustic display may play a role in female choice of extrapair males. Most young in cooperatively breeding superb fairy-wrens, Malurus cyaneus, are sired by extra-group males. Females initiate extra-group copulations exclusively through predawn forays to males singing in the dawn chorus. We measured variation between males in dawn singing at three levels of song production: song components,...[Show more]

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Date published: 2008
Type: Journal article
Source: Animal Behaviour
DOI: 10.1016/j.anbehav.2007.05.014


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