Radical loss of an extreme extra-pair mating system

Sjouke Kingma, Michelle Hall, Segelbacher Segelbacher, Anne Peters

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Mating outside the pair-bond is surprisingly common in socially monogamous birds, but rates of extra-pair paternity (EPP) vary widely between species. Although differences in life-history and contemporary ecological factors may explain some interspecific variation, evolutionary forces driving extra-pair (EP) mating remain largely obscure. Also, since there is a large phylogenetic component to the frequency of EPP, evolutionary inertia may contribute substantially to observed EP mating patterns. However, the relative importance of plasticity and phylogenetic constraints on the incidence of EP mating remains largely unknown.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1 - 11
Number of pages11
JournalBMC Ecology
Publication statusPublished - 2009
Externally publishedYes

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