Testosterone-induced depression of male parental behavior in the barn swallow: female compensation and effects on seasonal fitness

@article{Saino2004TestosteroneinducedDO,
  title={Testosterone-induced depression of male parental behavior in the barn swallow: female compensation and effects on seasonal fitness},
  author={Nicola Saino and Anders Pape M\oller},
  journal={Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology},
  year={2004},
  volume={36},
  pages={151-157}
}
In birds, many aspects of male socio-sexual and parental behavior are influenced by androgens, most notably testosterone (T). We report the effects of subcutaneous T-implants in male barn swallows (Hirundo rustica) on male and female parental behavior and on seasonal reproductive success. Males were assigned to one of three experimental groups: (i) implanted with a T-filled Silastic tube; (ii) implanted with an empty Silastic tube; and (iii) not implanted. T-implanted males provided a smaller… CONTINUE READING
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