Journal article

Demography of male reproductive queues in cooperatively breeding superb fairy-wrens Malurus cyaneus

Andrew Cockburn, Helen L Osmond, Raoul A Mulder, Michael C Double, David J Green

JOURNAL OF ANIMAL ECOLOGY | WILEY-BLACKWELL PUBLISHING, INC | Published : 2008

Abstract

1. Subordinate helpers in cooperative societies may gain both immediate and future benefits, including paternity and territorial inheritance. However, if such opportunities correlate with rank in the queue, it is unclear why such queues should be stable. 2. In cooperatively breeding superb fairy-wrens Malurus cyaneus, only males are generally philopatric, and form stable hierarchical queues for the dominant position. 3. Male opportunities for reproduction are influenced both by their dominance status within the group, and their relatedness to the breeding female. For young queuing subordinates, the breeding female is typically their mother. Because of incest avoidance, reproduction is possib..

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