Male-male competition is not costly to dominant males in a cooperatively breeding bird

  title={Male-male competition is not costly to dominant males in a cooperatively breeding bird},
  author={Martha J Nelson-Flower and A. Ridley},
  journal={Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology},
  • Martha J Nelson-Flower, A. Ridley
  • Published 2015
  • Biology
  • Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology
  • Male-male reproductive competition occurs in many animal societies and can be costly, both through aggression or energy expenditure prior to mating and lost paternity. In most cooperative breeders, socially dominant males breed more often than do subordinates, but the costs of pre-copulatory subordinate male reproductive competition (including unsuccessful competition) have rarely been investigated in these systems. Here, we examine the association between such competition and the fitness of… CONTINUE READING
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