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Breaking the rules: sex roles and genetic mating system of the pheasant coucal

Maurer, Golo; Double, Michael; Milenkaya, O.; Susser, Marc; Magrath, Robert D

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Generally in birds, the classic sex roles of male competition and female choice result in females providing most offspring care while males face uncertain parentage. In less than 5% of species, however, reversed courtship sex roles lead to predominantly male care and low extra-pair paternity. These role-reversed species usually have reversed sexual size dimorphism and polyandry, confirming that sexual selection acts most strongly on the sex with the smaller parental investment and accordingly...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2011
Type: Journal article
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1885/68957
Source: Oecologia
DOI: 10.1007/s00442-011-2002-4

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