Non-aggressive mate guarding by the blue-footed booby: a balance of female and male control

  title={Non-aggressive mate guarding by the blue-footed booby: a balance of female and male control},
  author={Marcela Osorio-Beristain and Hugh Drummond},
  journal={Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology},
Abstract Thirteen pairs of blue-footed boobies (Sula nebouxii) were observed on their colony. Pairs courted frequently and, on average, copulated 24 times during the 30 days before laying, with 38% of those copulations occurring in the last 5 days (presumed fertile period). Males and females increased attendance at the nest site as laying approached. Seven females performed an average seven extra-pair copulations, with 1–2 paired male neighbors, but these were less concentrated in the presumed… 
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  • Environmental Science, Biology
    Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology
  • 1996
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