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Antipredator vigilance in cooperatively breeding superb fairy-wrens ( Malurus cyaneus )

Yasukawa, Ken; Cockburn, Andrew


We studied 19 color-banded groups of the cooperatively breeding Superb Fairy-wren (Malurus cyaneus) to determine (1) the contributions of breeding and helper males to antipredator vigilance, (2) whether such vigilance reduces predation risk, and (3) the mechanisms by which it might do so. Time spent as a sentinel (perching and scanning from conspicuous locations within sight of the nest) increased with group size, but successful and depredated nests did not differ significantly in sentinel...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2009
Type: Journal article
Source: Auk
DOI: 10.1525/auk.2009.08074


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