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Testosterone treatment suppresses paternal care in superb fairy-wrens, Malurus cyaneus , despite their concurrent investment in courtship

Peters, Ann; Cunningham, Ross; Cockburn, Andrew

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Courtship displays and paternal care in male birds are generally thought to be mutually exclusive, because testosterone, necessary for stimulation of sexual behaviours, suppresses paternal behaviours. Superb fairy-wrens, Malurus cyaneus, are unusual in that males concurrently engage in courtship and paternal care. Fairy-wrens live in stable socially monogamous pairs with 0-4 subordinate male helpers. Both helper and dominant males provide care whenever it is required but continue courtship...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2002
Type: Journal article
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1885/66261
Source: Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology
DOI: 10.1007/s00265-002-0472-4

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