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Female song rates in response to simulated intruder are positively related to reproductive success

Cain, Kristal; Cockburn, Andrew; Langmore, Naomi


Bird song is well studied in males as a sexually selected behavior. However, although song is also common among females, it is infrequently examined and poorly understood. Research suggests that song is often used as a resource defense behavior and is important in female-female competition for limited resources, e.g., mates and territories. If so, song should be positively related to fitness and related to other resource defense behaviors, but this possibility has rarely been explored. Here...[Show more]

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Date published: 2015
Type: Journal article
Source: Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution
DOI: 10.3389/fevo.2015.00119
Access Rights: Open Access


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