Rival imprinting: interspecifically cross-fostered tits defend their territories against heterospecific intruders

@article{Hansen2003RivalII,
  title={Rival imprinting: interspecifically cross-fostered tits defend their territories against heterospecific intruders},
  author={Bo T Hansen and Tore Slagsvold},
  journal={Animal Behaviour},
  year={2003},
  volume={65},
  pages={1117-1123}
}
Failure to recognize conspecifics in social interactions such as mate choice and aggressive encounters will often result in reduced fitness. Studies on mate choice show that the ability to recognize conspecifics as mates is not universally present at birth, but often needs to be learned. In contrast, little is known about the ontogeny of intrasexual species recognition. To test whether learning influences the recognition of sexual rivals, we compared the aggressive response towards intruders of… CONTINUE READING
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