Ecology and Evolution of Cooperative Breeding in Birds / Edition 1

Ecology and Evolution of Cooperative Breeding in Birds / Edition 1

by Walter D. Koenig
     
 

Cooperative breeders are species in which more than a pair of individuals assist in the production of young. Cooperative breeding is found in only a few hundred bird species worldwide, and understanding this often strikingly altruistic behavior has remained an important challenge in behavioral ecology for over 30 years. This book highlights the theoretical, empirical,… See more details below

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Cooperative breeders are species in which more than a pair of individuals assist in the production of young. Cooperative breeding is found in only a few hundred bird species worldwide, and understanding this often strikingly altruistic behavior has remained an important challenge in behavioral ecology for over 30 years. This book highlights the theoretical, empirical, and technical advances that have taken place in the field of cooperative breeding research since the publication of the seminal work Cooperative Breeding in Birds: Long-Term Studies of Ecology and Behavior (Cambridge, 1990). Organized conceptually, this book pays special attention to ways in which cooperative breeders have proved fertile subjects for testing modern approaches to classic evolutionary problems, including those of sexual selection, sex-ratio manipulation, life-history evolution, partitioning of reproduction, and incest avoidance. It will be of interest to both students and researchers working in the fields of behavior and ecology.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521530996
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
04/28/2004
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
304
Product dimensions:
7.44(w) x 9.69(h) x 0.59(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction1
1Evolutionary origins5
2Delayed dispersal35
3Fitness consequences of helping48
4Parental care, load-lightening and costs67
5Mating systems and sexual conflict81
6Sex-ratio manipulation102
7Physiological ecology117
8Endocrinology128
9Incest and incest avoidance142
10Reproductive skew157
11Joint laying systems177
12Conservation biology197
13Mammals : comparisons and contrasts210
14Summary228

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