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Speckled warblers break cooperative rules: absence of helping in a group-living member of the Pardalotidae

Gardner, Janet; Magrath, Robert D; Olsen, Penelope

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In the majority of cooperatively breeding bird species, subordinates help the dominant pair to provision the young, regardless of the origin of groups and relatedness between members. Within the family that includes speckled warblers, Chthonicola sagittata, there is considerable variation in social organization and parental behaviour, but the societies of other group-living species in this family are of kin, and subordinates provision the young of breeders. Speckled warblers differ in that...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2004
Type: Journal article
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1885/75892
Source: Animal Behaviour
DOI: 10.1016/j.anbehav.2003.08.017

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