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Social and mating system of cooperatively breeding laughing kookaburras (Dacelo novaeguineae)

Legge, Sarah; Cockburn, Andrew


DNA fingerprinting was combined with field observations over four breeding seasons to investigate the social structure and mating system of the laughing kookaburra (Dacelo novaeguineae). Groups comprised a socially dominant pair and up to six helpers of either sex. Helpers were always recruited from young hatched in the group. Territorial inheritance, which is a feature of other cooperative breeders and an oft-cited benefit of philopatry, did not occur. Helpers only attained dominant status in...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2000
Type: Journal article
Source: Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology


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