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Extrapair mate choice and honest signaling in cooperatively breeding superb fairy-wrens

Dunn, P; Cockburn, Andrew


In many species of monogamous birds females copulate with males other than their social mates, resulting in extrapair fertilizations. Little is known about how females choose extrapair mates and whether the traits used to choose them are reliable indicators of male quality. Here we identify a novel male trait associated with extra-group mating success in the superb fairy-wren (Malurus cyaneus), a cooperatively breeding bird with one of the highest known frequencies of extra-group mating. Female...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 1999
Type: Journal article
Source: Evolution


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