Infanticide by male house sparrows: gaining time or manipulating females?

@article{Veiga2003InfanticideBM,
  title={Infanticide by male house sparrows: gaining time or manipulating females?},
  author={Jos{\'e} Pablo Veiga},
  journal={Proceedings. Biological sciences},
  year={2003},
  volume={270 Suppl 1},
  pages={S87-9}
}
The killing of genetically unrelated young by males has been viewed as a strategy that forces victimized females to advance the onset of their next fertile period, thus infanticidal males gain a time advantage that may be crucial to maximize reproductive success. Among females that may raise several broods in a year, a failure occurring relatively earlier in the time-course of the previous breeding attempt may result in an increased investment in the next breeding attempt. This female strategy… CONTINUE READING