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Selection on body size in a raptor with pronounced reversed sexual size dimorphism: are bigger females better?

McDonald, Paul; Olsen, Penelope; Cockburn, Andrew

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An overabundance of hypotheses have been proposed to account for reversed sexual size dimorphism (RSD; females the larger sex) in raptors. Previous research principally focused on examining interspecific patterns of RSD, rarely testing predictions of various hypotheses within populations. To redress this, we used data from both sexes of a large brown falcon, Falco berigora, population to evaluate the importance of size and body condition indices on the hunting prowess of males and the...[Show more]

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Date published: 2005
Type: Journal article
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1885/85953
Source: Behavioral Ecology
DOI: 10.1093/beheco/arh118

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