Repeatability of mate choice in the zebra finch: consistency within and between females

@article{Forstmeier2004RepeatabilityOM,
  title={Repeatability of mate choice in the zebra finch: consistency within and between females},
  author={Wolfgang Forstmeier and Timothy R. Birkhead},
  journal={Animal Behaviour},
  year={2004},
  volume={68},
  pages={1017-1028}
}
Numerous studies have measured the mating preferences of female zebra finches, Taeniopygia guttata, using choice-chamber experiments, but no study has focused on how consistent individual females are in their choices and the extent to which females agree on their preferences, although these questions are of great conceptual importance. We conducted a large number of mate choice trials involving unmanipulated stimulus males, and found low but significant consistency (repeatability of time… CONTINUE READING

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