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Sexual Selection and the Barn Swallow.

Moller, Anders Paper.

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ISBN 10: 0198540299 / ISBN 13: 9780198540298
Published by Oxford University Press,, 1994
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Title: Sexual Selection and the Barn Swallow.

Publisher: Oxford University Press,

Publication Date: 1994

Binding: Hardcover

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The main theme of this study is that sexual selection is important, and affects many aspects of animal life such as mating behaviour, parental care, host-parasite interactions and migration strategies. Birds with extravagant feather ornaments are the standard example of sexual selection. Here, the selective advantages of a long tail are investigated for a common bird, the barn swallow, in the context of sexual selection theory This study constitutes a major empirical text of the theoretical predictions and will be of especial interest to students on behavioural and evolutionary ecology. The first two chapters present a concise review of sexual selection theory and its two main components, male-male competition and female choice. Subsequent chapters investigate the advantage for males of being extravagantly adorned and the advantages that females acquire by being choosy when selecting a mate, using evidence from the author's long-term work on the monogamous barn swallow Moeller explores the roles of behaviour, ecology, morphology, genetics and evolution to provide a synthesis of this work to date. Anders Pape Moeller is co-author (with T.R. Birkhead) of "Sperm Competition in Birds

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Anders Pape Møller is at Uppsala University.

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