Functional aspects of the pair bond in winter in Bewick's swans (Cygnus columbianus bewickii)

  title={Functional aspects of the pair bond in winter in Bewick's swans (Cygnus columbianus bewickii)},
  author={Dafila K. Scott},
  journal={Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology},
  • D. Scott
  • Published 1 November 1980
  • Psychology
  • Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology
SummaryThe benefits to partners of monogamous pairs of maintaining continual spatial proximity in the non-breeding season were studied in Bewick's swans wintering in Norfolk, UK.When separated from their mates, females were less successful in aggressive encounters, were threatened more frequently and spent less time feeding than when close to them. Males also suffered reduced success in encounters and a higher frequency of threats by other flock members, though the effect was less pronounced… 

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