Correlates of male mating success in the ruff Philomachus pugnax, a lekking shorebird

  title={Correlates of male mating success in the ruff Philomachus pugnax, a lekking shorebird},
  author={W. Hill},
  journal={Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology},
  • W. Hill
  • Published 2004
  • Biology
  • Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology
  • SummaryMale ruffs (Philomachus pugnax), a lekking shorebird, can generally be divided into two morphs according to behavior and plumage coloration. Predominantly dark-colored, “independent” male ruffs defend small territories on a lek, whereas lighter colored “satellite” males are non-territorial and less site-faithful to a particular lek. The traits associated with the mating success of independent male ruffs were studied at two leks during two seasons on the island of Öland, Sweden in May and… CONTINUE READING
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