The Conflict Between Male Polygamy and Female Monogamy: The Case of the Pied Flycatcher Ficedula hypoleuca

@article{Alatalo1981TheCB,
  title={The Conflict Between Male Polygamy and Female Monogamy: The Case of the Pied Flycatcher Ficedula hypoleuca},
  author={Rauno V. Alatalo and Allan Carlson and Arne Lundberg and Staffan Ulfstrand},
  journal={The American Naturalist},
  year={1981},
  volume={117},
  pages={738 - 753}
}
Some males of the pied flycatcher enhance their individual fitness by mating with two females, one of which receives their full support in caring for the brood, while the other is given very little or no aid and therefore, on average, produces a much reduced brood. These so-called secondary females thus have a low fitness. We refute the theories of differential territory quality and of sexy sons to explain the bigamous strategy in this species and argue that the male cheats some females into… Expand
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