Mate Selection and Mating Systems in Seabirds

  • George L. HuntJr.


This chapter examines the evolutionary and ecological factors that have influenced courtship and mating patterns of marine birds. The literature on the reproductive behavior of seabirds is vast, and it is not my purpose to review it here. Rather, I focus attention on several questions and seek patterns that may help us understand aspects of variation in reproductive biology. In particular, I will be concerned with the assessment of mate quality and how these qualities affect reproductive success and mating systems.


Mate Selection Common Tern Herring Gull Brown Skua Promiscuous Mating 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • George L. HuntJr.
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Ecology and Evolutionary BiologyUniversity of CaliforniaIrvineUSA

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