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Ecological selection and sexual dimorphism in the sooty oystercatcher, Haematopus fuliginosus

Aplin, Lucy; Cockburn, Andrew

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Male and female sooty oystercatchers (subspecies Haematopus fuliginosus fuliginosus; Haematopodidae) have an average difference in bill length of 19%. We studied the relationship between this sexual dimorphism and foraging ecology at coastal sites in southern New South Wales, Australia. Intersexual foraging divergence was most striking in diet, with seven prey classes eaten exclusively by one sex (male: 4, female: 3), and all shared prey classes eaten in different proportions. Intersexual diet...[Show more]

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Date published: 2012
Type: Journal article
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1885/70199
Source: Austral Ecology
DOI: 10.1111/j.1442-9993.2011.02263.x

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