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Divorce, dispersal and incest avoidance in the cooperatively breeding superb fairy-wren Malurus cyaneus

Cockburn, Andrew; Osmond, Helen; Mulder, Raoul A; Green, David; Double, Michael


1. Between 1988 and 2001, we studied social relationships in the superb fairy-wren Malurus cyaneus (Latham), a cooperative breeder with male helpers in which extra-group fertilizations are more common than within-pair fertilizations. 2. Unlike other fairy-wren species, females never bred on their natal territory. First-year females dispersed either directly from their natal territory to a breeding vacancy or to a foreign 'staging-post' territory where they spent their first winter as a...[Show more]

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Date published: 2003
Type: Journal article
Source: Journal of Animal Ecology
DOI: 10.1046/j.1365-2656.2003.00694.x


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