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Do male paternity guards ensure female fidelity in a duetting fairy-wren?

Hall, Michelle; Peters, Anne-Marie


Most socially monogamous bird species engage in extra-pair mating, and consequently males may adopt various behavioral strategies to guard paternity. However, the relationship between mate guarding and extra-pair paternity is unclear: low levels of extra-pair paternity can be associated either with no mate guarding or with intense mate guarding. We investigate paternity guards in the purple-crowned fairy-wren (Malurus coronatus), a duetting species where extra-pair paternity is rare. This...[Show more]

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Date published: 2009
Type: Journal article
Source: Behavioral Ecology
DOI: 10.1093/beheco/arn139


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