Bower destruction and sexual competition in the satin bowerbird (Ptilonorhynchus violaceus)

  title={Bower destruction and sexual competition in the satin bowerbird (Ptilonorhynchus violaceus)},
  author={Gerald Borgia},
  journal={Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology},
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  • Published 1 December 1985
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  • Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology
SummaryMale satin bowerbirds often destroy the bowers of other males. Bowers are a key element in male sexual display and their destruction represents a unique pattern of sexual competition. For two mating seasons bowers of displaying males were continously monitored to produce a complete record of bower destructions. The number of destructions at bowers and the amount of destruction of bowers were invesely correlated with bower quality. The best predictor of male bower destroying behaviour is… 
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