Begging and sibling competition: how should offspring respond to their rivals?

@article{Johnstone2004BeggingAS,
  title={Begging and sibling competition: how should offspring respond to their rivals?},
  author={Rufus A. Johnstone},
  journal={The American naturalist},
  year={2004},
  volume={163 3},
  pages={
          388-406
        }
}
  • Rufus A. Johnstone
  • Published in The American naturalist 2004
  • Biology, Medicine
  • Godfray's influential model of competitive begging predicted that offspring should respond to each other's behavior, displaying more intensely when competing with needier rivals. Empirical tests of this prediction have, however, yielded equivocal results. Here, I develop a series of evolutionarily stable strategy models of begging as a signal of need, which show that this prediction holds only for competitive aspects of display that influence the division of food among the brood. No such… CONTINUE READING

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