Reproduction by subordinates in cooperatively breeding Arabian babblers is uncommon but predictable

  title={Reproduction by subordinates in cooperatively breeding Arabian babblers is uncommon but predictable},
  author={K. J. Lundy and Patricia G Parker and Amotz Zahavi},
  journal={Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology},
In a genetic analysis of the mating system of cooperatively breeding Arabian babblers (Timalidae: Turdoides squamiceps), we identified which individuals in the population are breeding, and how reproductive success was distributed among group members with respect to their dominance rank, for both males and females. The population was characterized by an asymmetrical distribution of reproductive success; behaviorally dominant males produced 176 of 186 (95%) of the offspring in 44 social groups… CONTINUE READING
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