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Pre-dawn infidelity: females control extra-pair mating in superb fairy-wrens

Double, Michael; Cockburn, Andrew

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Despite great interest in the use of extra-pair mating as a tool for examining female choice and intersexual selection, the underlying assumption of female control has proved difficult to verify empirically. We combined microsatellite genotyping and radiotelemetry of fertile females in order to investigate mate choice in superb fairy-wrens Malurus cyaneus, the bird with the highest known rate of extra-pair fertilization. All five females radio tracked during the peak of fertility, two to four...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2000
Type: Journal article
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1885/91299
Source: Proceedings of the Royal Society of London Series B: Biological Sciences

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