Cookies Policy
X
Cookie Policy

This site uses cookies. By continuing to browse the site you are agreeing to our use of cookies.

I accept this policy

Find out more here

Cross-fostering of Pied Flycatchers (Ficedula Hypoleuca) to Heterospecific Hosts In the Wild: a Study of Sexual Imprinting

MyBook is a cheap paperback edition of the original book and will be sold at uniform, low price.

Buy this article

Price:
$30.00+ Tax (if applicable)
Add to Favorites

image of Behaviour

Learning from parents during early development may crucially influence future mate choice decisions of birds. Such sexual imprinting is thought to be important to many fields of evolutionary ecology, including sexual selection, hybridization, speciation, and interspecific brood parasitism. Most results have been obtained from controlled experiments on captive birds. Hence, there is a need to study sexual imprinting and the development of species recognition under more natural circumstances. I have cross-fostered a migratory bird, the pied flycatcher Ficedula hypoleuca, to nests of two resident species, the larger great tit Parus major, and the smaller blue tit P. caeruleus, by adding a single egg to the clutch, or by swapping whole clutches. No cross-fostered bird recruited to the local breeding population from the mixed brood treatment but sample size was small. However, for the whole brood treatment, cross-fostering had no apparent effect, compared to controls, on local recruitment, natal dispersal, mating success, breeding success, or sexual display responses to intruders. Hence, there were no signs that the cross-fostered birds were sexually imprinted on the host. The results are discussed in relation to sexual imprinting, natal dispersal, interspecific brood parasitism, and conservation of endangered birds.

Sign-in

Can't access your account?
  • Tools

  • Add to Favorites
  • Printable version
  • Email this page
  • Create email alert
  • Get permissions
  • Recommend to your library

    You must fill out fields marked with: *

    Librarian details
    Name:*
    Email:*
    Your details
    Name:*
    Email:*
    Department:*
    Why are you recommending this title?
    Select reason:
     
     
     
     
    Other:
     
    Behaviour — Recommend this title to your library

    Thank you

    Your recommendation has been sent to your librarian.

  • Export citations
  • Key

  • Full access
  • Open Access
  • Partial/No accessInformation