Behavioural correlates of monogamy in the noisy miner, Manorina melanocephala

  title={Behavioural correlates of monogamy in the noisy miner,
 Manorina melanocephala
  author={Tarmo P{\~o}ldmaa and Karen Holder},
  journal={Animal Behaviour},
Mating behaviour of female cooperatively breeding noisy miners was examined. Dow & Whitmore (1990, Cooperative Breeding in Birds (Ed. by P. B. Stacey & W. D. Koenig), pp. 559-592, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press) suggested that female noisy miners mate promiscuously to recruit males as helpers to their nests, and that the benefit of doing so might be (1) increased genetic variability of their broods or (2) increased survival of their offspring as a direct result of multi-male care… 
Sex-biased hatching sequences in the cooperatively breeding Noisy Miner
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