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Extra-pair paternity and mate-guarding behaviour in the brown thornbill

Green, David; Peters, Ann; Cockburn, Andrew


We used multilocus DNA fingerprinting to assess parentage in the brown thornbill, Acanthiza pusilla, a socially monogamous Australian passerine. Extra-pair paternity was uncommon (6.2% of 178 offspring; 11.9% of 67 broods) and there was no evidence of intra-specific brood parasitism. Extra-pair paternity was limited because pairs spent more time together when females were fertile and males were able to evict intruding males before they could approach the female. Males were responsible for the...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2002
Type: Journal article
Source: Australian Journal of Zoology
DOI: 10.1071/ZO02037


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