Ens, Bruno J.; van de Pol, Martijn; Goss-Custard, John D.
To understand the social organization of species, we propose that it is necessary to unify three partial descriptions of social systems based on competition for limiting resources: adaptive distribution theory, life-history theory, and mating systems theory. Here, we illustrate what insights can be gained by applying such a framework to the study of the various social positions that make up the social career of Eurasian Oystercatchers Haematopus ostralegus. During both the breeding and...[Show more]
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