Parent-offspring aggression in moorhens

  title={Parent-offspring aggression in moorhens},
  author={Marty L. Leonard and Andrew G. Horn and Sir F. M. Eden},
  journal={Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology},
The purpose of this study was to explain parental aggression to offspring in the moorhen (Gallinula chloropus). Males and females did not feed different subsets of chicks. In addition, there was a positive correlation between feeding rates of each parent to a particular chick and the number of attacks (tousles) directed to that chick, contrary to what was expected if aggression served to divide the brood. In moorhens, large chicks outcompeted small chicks for parental feedings. However, adults… CONTINUE READING