, Volume 148, Issue 2 Supplement, pp 241-246
Date: 19 Sep 2007

Parent–offspring conflict in avian families

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Abstract

Squabbles and squawks are a common feature of avian family life, so it is no wonder that birds are model species for the study of parent–offspring conflict. But how much do these behaviours really tell us about the evolutionary conflicts of interest between parents and their young? Here, we provide a brief review that is aimed primarily at ornithologists not already familiar with this area of research.

Communicated by F. Bairlein.