Journal of Ornithology

, Volume 147, Issue 1, pp 112–114

Classical polyandry found in the three-toed woodpecker Picoides tridactylus

  • Peter Pechacek
  • Klaus G. Michalek
  • Hans Winkler
  • Donald Blomqvist
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DOI: 10.1007/s10336-005-0026-4

Cite this article as:
Pechacek, P., Michalek, K.G., Winkler, H. et al. J Ornithol (2006) 147: 112. doi:10.1007/s10336-005-0026-4

Abstract

We report two cases of simultaneous, social polyandry in the three-toed woodpecker Picoides tridactylus found in Berchtesgaden National Park, Germany during an 11-year study. The first case was between two neighbouring pairs in 2003. A female incubated both of her clutches during a period of at least 8 days. The second case was in 2004 between a widowed male and a female of a neighbouring pair. This time, a female divided parental care between her two clutches during a period of at least 27 days. We hypothesise that social polyandry in the three-toed woodpecker may be linked to the parental quality of the first male.

Keywords

Parental quality Simultaneous Social polyandry Woodpeckers 

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© Dt. Ornithologen-Gesellschaft e.V. 2005

Authors and Affiliations

  • Peter Pechacek
    • 1
  • Klaus G. Michalek
    • 2
  • Hans Winkler
    • 3
  • Donald Blomqvist
    • 4
  1. 1.Department of Wildlife Ecology and Management University of FreiburgFreiburgGermany
  2. 2.Östereichischer Naturschutzbund Landesgruppe BurgenlandJoseph-Haydn-Gasse 11EisenstadtAustria
  3. 3.Konrad Lorenz Institute for Ethology Austrian Academy of SciencesViennaAustria
  4. 4.Department of Zoology University of GothenburgGothenburgSweden

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