Constrained mate choice in social monogamy and the stress of having an unattractive partner.

@article{Griffith2011ConstrainedMC,
  title={Constrained mate choice in social monogamy and the stress of having an unattractive partner.},
  author={Simon C Griffith and Sarah Rosalind Pryke and William A Buttemer},
  journal={Proceedings. Biological sciences},
  year={2011},
  volume={278 1719},
  pages={2798-805}
}
In socially monogamous animals, mate choice is constrained by the availability of unpaired individuals in the local population. Here, we experimentally investigate the physiological stress endured by a female (the choosy sex) when pairing with a non-preferred social partner. In two experimental contexts, female Gouldian finches (Erythrura gouldiae) socially paired with poor-quality mates had levels of circulating corticosterone that were three to four times higher than those observed in females… CONTINUE READING
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