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Coalitions of relatives and reproductive skew in cooperatively breeding white-winged choughs

Heinsohn, Robert; Dunn, P; Legge, Sarah; Double, Michael


We used DNA fingerprinting to examine reproductive skew in cooperatively breeding white-winged choughs, Corcorax melanorhamphos, which live in groups of up to 20 individuals. Before a severe drought, groups that had been stable for multiple years were characterized by long-term monogamy involving a single breeding pair thigh skew). After the drought, new groups formed from the amalgamation of multiple individuals and coalitions of relatives. At most one member of each faction succeeded in...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2000
Type: Journal article
Source: Proceedings of the Royal Society of London Series B: Biological Sciences


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