Infanticidal and anti-infanticidal strategies in the swallow Hirundo rustica

@article{Mller2004InfanticidalAA,
  title={Infanticidal and anti-infanticidal strategies in the swallow Hirundo rustica},
  author={Anders Pape M\oller},
  journal={Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology},
  year={2004},
  volume={22},
  pages={365-371}
}
Five definite and nine suspected cases of infanticide were documented in the swallow Hirundo rustica. Unmated males visited neighbouring nests and removed entire broods during the first days of the nestling period, preferentially from nests owned by young late-breeding individuals. Infanticide followed the disappearance of the male nest owner in 11 of the 14 cases. The unmated infanticidal male later mated with the female victim although renesting during the same season only took place in 12 of… CONTINUE READING
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