Extrapair paternity in the blue tit (Parus caeruleus) : female choice, male charateristics, and offspring quality

@article{Kempenaers1997ExtrapairPI,
  title={Extrapair paternity in the blue tit (Parus caeruleus) : female choice, male charateristics, and offspring quality},
  author={Bart Kempenaers and Geert R. Verheyen and Andr{\'e} A. Dhondi},
  journal={Behavioral Ecology},
  year={1997},
  volume={8},
  pages={481-492}
}
Extrapair paternity is common in many birds, and it is now generally accepted that female choice plays an important role. However, die benefits that females obtain from extrapair paternity are much less dear. To test the hypothesis that females obtain indirect fitness benefits, we studied paternity in a blue tit population over 4 years. Extrapair paternity occurred in 31-47% of all nests and accounted for 11-14% of all offspring. Most males that fathered extrapair young did not lose paternity… Expand
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