Social and mating system of cooperatively breeding laughing kookaburras (Dacelo novaeguineae)

@article{Legge2000SocialAM,
  title={Social and mating system of cooperatively breeding laughing kookaburras (Dacelo novaeguineae)},
  author={S. Legge and A. Cockburn},
  journal={Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology},
  year={2000},
  volume={47},
  pages={220-229}
}
Abstract DNA fingerprinting was combined with field observations over four breeding seasons to investigate the social structure and mating system of the laughing kookaburra (Dacelo novaeguineae). Groups comprised a socially dominant pair and up to six helpers of either sex. Helpers were always recruited from young hatched in the group. Territorial inheritance, which is a feature of other cooperative breeders and an oft-cited benefit of philopatry, did not occur. Helpers only attained dominant… Expand

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