Patterns of courtship behavior and ejaculate characteristics in male red-winged blackbirds

@article{Westneat1998PatternsOC,
  title={Patterns of courtship behavior and ejaculate characteristics in male red-winged blackbirds},
  author={David F Westneat and Lisa A. McGraw and Jennifer M. Fraterrigo and Timothy Robert Birkhead and Fred B. Fletcher},
  journal={Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology},
  year={1998},
  volume={43},
  pages={161-171}
}
Sperm competition in birds is likely to have important effects on the behavior and physiology of reproduction in both sexes. For males, such competition should select for large sperm reserves and behavioral adjustment of copulation when reserves are low. We investigated both these possibilities in free-living red-winged blackbirds (Agelaius phoeniceus), a highly polygynous species with apparently strong sperm competition. We found that the recent copulatory behavior of males did not affect the… CONTINUE READING

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