Journal of Ornithology

, Volume 148, Supplement 2, pp 241–246

Parent–offspring conflict in avian families


DOI: 10.1007/s10336-007-0224-3

Cite this article as:
Kilner, R.M. & Drummond, H. J Ornithol (2007) 148: 241. doi:10.1007/s10336-007-0224-3


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.


BeggingIntrafamilial conflictSiblicideSibling rivalry

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of ZoologyUniversity of Cambridge CambridgeUK
  2. 2.Departamento de Ecología Evolutiva, Instituto de EcologíaUniversidad Nacional Autónoma de MéxicoMéxicoMexico