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Siblicide in the cooperatively breeding laughing kookaburra (Dacelo novaeguineae)

Legge, Sarah


I describe siblicide in the laughing kookaburra (Dacelo novaeguineae), a reverse size-dimorphic, cooperatively breeding kingfisher. Clutches were usually of three eggs, and nestlings hatched asynchronously, with intervals of 2-72 h between successive eggs. Siblicide occurred in two temporally and mechanistically distinct episodes. The youngest nestling died in one-third of all nests within days of hatching as a result of aggression from its elders. Kookaburra nestlings attacked each other using...[Show more]

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Date published: 2000
Type: Journal article
Source: Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology
DOI: 10.1007/s002650000229


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