Reversed sexual size dimorphism in raptors: evaluation of the hypotheses in kestrels breeding in a temporally changing environment

@article{Massemin2000ReversedSS,
  title={Reversed sexual size dimorphism in raptors: evaluation of the hypotheses in kestrels breeding in a temporally changing environment},
  author={S. Massemin and E. Korpim{\"a}ki and J. Wiehn},
  journal={Oecologia},
  year={2000},
  volume={124},
  pages={26-32}
}
  • S. Massemin, E. Korpimäki, J. Wiehn
  • Published 2000
  • Biology, Medicine
  • Oecologia
  • Abstract Reversed sexual size dimorphism (RSD, females larger than males) is commonly found in birds of prey. We used kestrels (Falco tinnunculus), breeding in western Finland in a temporally varying environment of 3-year vole cycles, to assess current hypotheses for the evolution and maintenance of RSD. Our 12-year data showed only weak correlations between parental size and breeding parameters (laying date, clutch size and the number of fledglings produced). The degree of RSD per se was… CONTINUE READING

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