Male Parental Care and Paternity in Birds

Part of the Current Ornithology book series (CUOR, volume 16)


In many organisms both male and female appear to cooperate to raise a family. However, parents may have conflicts of interest over how much care each should provide to their young. Differences arise because parents often vary in the benefits they gain from investing in the current young (parental effort) and the benefits they may gain from alternative activities, such as attracting additional mates (mating effort) or improving their own prospects for survival (somatic effort). The tradeoff between parental and mating effort has received much attention because it is the theoretical basis for most models of sexual selection and mating systems (reviewed by Parker and Simmons, 1996; Clutton-Brock, 1991).


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