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Within-pair Copulations: Are Female Tree Swallows Feathering Their Own Nests?
Peer Reviewed Publications
  • Michael P Lombardo, Grand Valley State University
Publication Date
1-1-1995
Abstract
A variety of hypotheses has been proposed to explain why socially monogamous birds copulate repeatedly with their mates when only a single copulation is necessary to fertilize an entire clutch (Birkhead and Møller 1992, Petrie 1992, Hunter et al. 1993). Petrie (1992) hypothesized that a female should copulate frequently with her mate so as to reduce her mate’s involvement in extrapair copulations. By reducing her mate’s involvement in extrapair copulations, a female may: (1) avoid the transmission of parasites and sexually transmitted diseases (Hamilton 1990); (2) may avoid sperm depletion by her mate; and (3) may monopolize her mate’s paternal care (Petrie 1992).
Keywords
  • Tree Swallows,
  • Tachycineta bicolor,
  • birds,
  • aves,
  • copulation,
  • sexual behavior in animals
Citation Information
Michael P Lombardo. "Within-pair Copulations: Are Female Tree Swallows Feathering Their Own Nests?" (1995)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/michael_lombardo/4/