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Mate choice in the brown thornbill ( Acanthiza pusilla ): are settlement decisions, divorce and extrapair mating complementary strategies?

Green, David Geoffrey; Krebs, Elizabeth; Cockburn, Andrew

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In socially monogamous birds, females may express mate preferences when they first select a breeding partner, through divorce and subsequent breeding dispersal to a new partner and through extrapair mating. We examined settlement patterns, divorce and breeding dispersal in a sedentary Australian passerine, the brown thornbill (Acanthiza pusilla), in relation to two traits known to influence extrapair paternity (male age and male size). Settlement decisions, divorce and territory switching...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2004
Type: Journal article
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1885/75736
Source: Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology
DOI: 10.1007/s00265-003-0679-z

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