Journal of Ornithology

, Volume 148, Supplement 2, pp 241-246

First online:

Parent–offspring conflict in avian families

  • R. M. KilnerAffiliated withDepartment of Zoology, University of Cambridge Email author 
  • , H. DrummondAffiliated withDepartamento de Ecología Evolutiva, Instituto de Ecología, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México

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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.


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