Patterns of mate-sharing in a population of Tasmanian Native Hens Gallinula mortierii
We present data on patterns of mate-sharing collected during a seven-year study of Tasmanian Native Hens Gallinula mortierii at Maria Island, off the east coast of Tasmania, Australia. At this site, Tasmanian Native Hens lived in groups of two to 13 birds that defended all-purpose territories. Monogamy, polyandry, polygyny and polygynandry all occurred in this population each year, with polygynous and polygynandrous females laying joint clutches. When mate-sharing occurred, whether by males or...[Show more]
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