Sexual Selection and the Barn Swallow

Paperback | May 1, 1994

byAnders Pape Moller

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An important empirical test of the theoretical predictions of sexual selection theory, this book presents a long-term field study of the monagamous barn swallow. By using information on behaviour, ecology, morphology, genetics, and evolution, the book reviews this theory and its twocomponents: male-male competition and female choice.The selective advantages of a long tail are investigated for this common bird, demonstrating such effects as mating behaviour, copulation behaviour, migration strategies, and host-parasite interactions.A rich informative text which clearly elucidates the mechanisms and consequences of sexual selection.

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An important empirical test of the theoretical predictions of sexual selection theory, this book presents a long-term field study of the monagamous barn swallow. By using information on behaviour, ecology, morphology, genetics, and evolution, the book reviews this theory and its twocomponents: male-male competition and female choice.Th...

Anders Pape Moller is at Uppsala University.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:376 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.87 inPublished:May 1, 1994Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:0198540280

ISBN - 13:9780198540281

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction2. Models of sexual selection and monogamy3. The study organism4. Male mating advantages5. Benefits of mate choice6. Determinants of tail ornament size7. Advantages of early arrival8. Options for unmated males9. Parasites and sexual selection10. Parental care and male ornamentation11. Sperm competition and sexual selection12. Sexual size dimorphism and female ornaments13. Geographic variation in ornament size14. SynthesisReferencesAuthor indexSubject indexTaxonomic index

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`Anders Moller's excellent book illustrates very strikingly both the value of sustained study of a single species and the way in which a sound understanding of theory can give direction and purpose to such work.Moller presents both an elegant treatise on the subject of sexual selection and abook that is highly readable and informative and which provides much more than an exhaustive reading of his many papers ever could...lucid, enthralling and stimulating book...This is a splendidly produced and well-illustrated book (the drawings by Jens Gregersen are delightful) that I recommendwhole-heartedly. Indeed, as an exmplar of sound methodology and of the use of theory to direct observations and experiments, it should be compulsory reading for all students about to embark on research in behavioural ecology.'Ethology 103, 171-176 (1997). that is higly read