The Evolution of Begging

Competition, Cooperation and Communication

  • Jonathan Wright
  • Marty L. Leonard

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. Theoretical Approaches

    1. Rufus A. Johnstone, H. Charles J. Godfray
      Pages 1-20
    2. David Sloan Wilson, Anne B. Clark
      Pages 43-64
    3. Catherine M. Lessells
      Pages 65-85
  3. Begging as a Signal and the Issue of Costs

    1. Rebecca M. Kilner
      Pages 87-106
    2. Alexandre Roulin
      Pages 107-126
    3. Andrew G. Horn, Marty L. Leonard
      Pages 127-141
    4. Mark A. Chappell, Gwendolyn C. Bachman
      Pages 143-162
    5. David G. Haskell
      Pages 163-172
  4. Nestling Physiology

    1. William H. Karasov, Jonathan Wright
      Pages 199-219
    2. Hubert Schwabl, Joseph Lipar
      Pages 221-244
    3. Nicola Saino, Anders Pape Møller
      Pages 245-267
  5. Sibling Competition

  6. Begging and Brood Parasitism

  7. Statistical Approaches

  8. Back Matter
    Pages 493-508

About this book


Begging by nestling birds has become the model system for investigating evolutionary conflicts of interest within families and their theoretical resolution provided by honest signals of offspring need. In response to the recent explosions of scientific papers on the revolution of begging; we have brought together twenty-four original contributions from major researchers in all areas of this dynamic field.

Organised into six sections: I: Theoretical approaches; II: Begging as a signal; III: Nestling physiology; IV: Sibling competition; V: Brood parasitism; and VI: Statistical approaches; this book is primarily aimed at research scientists and those at the graduate student level. For the first time, the theoretical and empirical literature on begging is fully reviewed. New ideas and data are also presented from a wide range of natural systems, and each chapter ends with suggestions for future study.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Jonathan Wright
    • 1
  • Marty L. Leonard
    • 2
  1. 1.School of Biological SciencesUniversity of WalesBangorUK
  2. 2.Department of BiologyDalhousie UniversityHalifaxCanada

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