Partnerships in Birds: The Study of Monogamy

Paperback | April 30, 1999

EditorJeffrey M. BlackIllustratorMark Hulme

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Some birds mate for life, while others have many partners. Why? In this book, fourteen classic studies of bird behaviour are brought together to compare the different partnership patterns from ecological and evolutionary perspectives. Often there is a battle of the sexes, as individual birdsbehave in the way that serves their best interests. Introductory and concluding chapters review the latest thinking on this fascinating subject.

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Some birds mate for life, while others have many partners. Why? In this book, fourteen classic studies of bird behaviour are brought together to compare the different partnership patterns from ecological and evolutionary perspectives. Often there is a battle of the sexes, as individual birdsbehave in the way that serves their best inte...

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Some birds mate for life, while others have many partners. Why? In this book, fourteen classic studies are brought together to compare different partnership patterns from ecological and evolutionary perspectives. The subjects have been chosen to include the same species living in different habitats (Sparrowhawks) and at different popul...

Jeffrey M. Black is at Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:432 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.91 inPublished:April 30, 1999Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:0198548605

ISBN - 13:9780198548607

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Table of Contents

Initial Perspectives1. Introduction: pair bonds and partnerships2. The battle of the sexes and the origins of monogamy3. The model familyContinuous Partnerships4. Long-term monogamy in a river specialist - the Blue Duck5. Do Barnacle Geese benefit from life-long monogamy?6. Mate fidelity in swans7. Breeding partnrship in two New World jays8. Partnerships in promiscuous Splendid Fairy-wrensPart-Time Partnerships9. Divorce in the European Blackbird10. Mate fidelity and divorce in ptarmigan11. Causes and consequences of long-term partnerships in Cassin's Auklets12. Monogamy in a long-lived seabird: the Short-tailed Shearwaters13. Between and within-population variation in mate fidelity in the Great Tit14. Monogamy in the Sparrowhawk15. Mate fidelity in penguins16. Causes and consequences of mate fidelity in Red-billed Gulls17. Dispersal, demography, and the persistence of partnerships in Indigo BuntingsConcluding Perspectives18. Monogamy and sperm competition in birds19. Mate fidelity and divorce in monogamous birdsAuthor indexSubject index

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`the editor brings together an impressive collection of theoretical and empirical studies that address the evolution of mate fidelity and divorce ... Partnerships in Birds provides a good review of our current ideas about why so many birds are monogamous in the face of such sexual promiscuity.I recommend it to anyone interested in the evolution of avian reproductive strategies.'James Briskie, Ibis 140