Sexual selection in the monogamous barn swallow (Hirundo rustica). II. Mechanisms of sexual selection

@article{Mller1992SexualSI,
  title={Sexual selection in the monogamous barn swallow (Hirundo rustica). II. Mechanisms of sexual selection},
  author={Anders Pape M{\o}ller},
  journal={Journal of Evolutionary Biology},
  year={1992},
  volume={5}
}
  • A. Møller
  • Published 1 July 1992
  • Biology
  • Journal of Evolutionary Biology
Mechanisms of sexual selection in the monogamous, sexually dimorphic barn swallow (Hirundo rustica) were studied during a seven‐year period. First, the sex ratio of reproducing adults was male‐biased, and mated males had significantly longer tail ornaments than unmated males. Secondly, some of the unmated individuals later committed infanticide and became mated with the mother of the killed brood. Fathers of killed broods had significantly shorter tails than other males, and there was a… 
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