Journal article

Estimating expenditure on male and female offspring in a sexually size-dimorphic bird: a comparison of different methods

Michael JL Magrath, Emile Van Lieshout, Ido Pen, G Henk Visser, Jan Komdeur

JOURNAL OF ANIMAL ECOLOGY | WILEY | Published : 2007

Abstract

The parents of sexually size-dimorphic offspring are often assumed to invest more resources producing individuals of the larger sex. A range of different methods have been employed to estimate relative expenditure on the sexes, including quantifying sex-specific offspring growth, food intake, energy expenditure and energy intake, in addition to measures of parental food provisioning and energy expenditure. These methods all have the potential to provide useful estimates of relative investment, but each has particular problems of interpretation, and few studies have compared the estimates derived concurrently from more than two of these measures. In this study we compared these surrogate meas..

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