Dunnock Behaviour and Social Evolution / Edition 1

Dunnock Behaviour and Social Evolution / Edition 1

by N. B. Davies, David Quinn
     
 

ISBN-10: 0198546750

ISBN-13: 9780198546757

Pub. Date: 07/28/1992

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

At first sight just a small brown bird, the dunnock's unobtrusive appearance belies its extraordinary behavior and mating patterns. This book gives a full account of the mating systems of the dunnock or hedge sparrow, Prunella modularis, which include pairs, a male with two females, two males with one female, and several males with several females. Detailed

Overview

At first sight just a small brown bird, the dunnock's unobtrusive appearance belies its extraordinary behavior and mating patterns. This book gives a full account of the mating systems of the dunnock or hedge sparrow, Prunella modularis, which include pairs, a male with two females, two males with one female, and several males with several females. Detailed observations, elegant field experiments, and DNA fingerprinting are combined to show how this variable social organization arises from selfish individuals competing to maximize their own reproductive success. Further experiments reveal how the cuckoo may thwart the dunnock's parental efforts. David Quinn's exquisite drawings provide a visual summary of the bird's behavior. All students of ecology, evolution, and animal behavior will want to be familiar with this work, which addresses the wider issues of the influence of ecology on mating systems and the evolutionary significance of conflict within and between species. This is the third volume in the Oxford Series in Ecology and Evolution, and the first in this series to address behavioral ecology.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780198546757
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
07/28/1992
Series:
Oxford Series in Ecology and Evolution Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
6.19(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.69(d)

Table of Contents

1. Why Dunnocks?

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