Risks and Rewards of Nest Defence by Parent Birds

@article{Montgomerie1988RisksAR,
  title={Risks and Rewards of Nest Defence by Parent Birds},
  author={R. Montgomerie and P. Weatherhead},
  journal={The Quarterly Review of Biology},
  year={1988},
  volume={63},
  pages={167 - 187}
}
Nest and offspring defence by birds can be treated as an optimization problem wherein fitness benefits are determined by the survival of the current brood and fitness costs depend upon the probability that the parent will survive to breed again. At the optimal intensity of defence, net fitness benefits are maximized. Unlike many other aspects of animal behavior, the reproductive consequences of nest defence can often be measured directly. Within this optimality framework, we review the current… Expand
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