The effect of male removal on female parental care in the orange-tufted sunbird

@article{Markman1996TheEO,
  title={The effect of male removal on female parental care in the orange-tufted sunbird},
  author={S. Markman and Yoram Yom-Tov and Jonathan Wright},
  journal={Animal Behaviour},
  year={1996},
  volume={52},
  pages={437-444}
}
The importance of male care and the nature of facultative adjustments in female care were assessed by experimentally removing males in pairs of orange-tufted sunbirds, Nectarinia osea, feeding broods of two or three chicks. The predation of all three-chick broods with female-only care suggested that male nest guarding is critical, especially because males also deter infanticidal floater males. Comparison of provisioning and nest guarding behaviour in male-removed and control nests was therefore… CONTINUE READING

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