publication . Article . 2012

Nice guys finish last: same-sex sexual behavior and pairing success in male budgerigars

Puya Abbassi; Nancy Tyler Burley;
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  • Published: 14 Mar 2012 Journal: Behavioral Ecology, volume 23, issue 4, pages 775-782
Abstract
In budgerigars (Melopsittacus undulatus), a social parrot in which females are socially dominant, males of all ages engage in a set of behaviors with other males that closely resembles the repertoire used in heterosexual courtship. One adaptive hypothesis for this tendency, the "courtship practice hypothesis," posits that males with greater experience in same-sex activities develop superior skills that increase their courtship success with females. To test this hypothesis, we measured individual variation in tendency of subadult males to engage in such behaviors and asked whether birds' relative participation in same-sex activities predicted adult pairing succes...
Subjects
free text keywords: Animal Science and Zoology, Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics, Developmental psychology, Melopsittacus, Ecology, Courtship, media_common.quotation_subject, media_common, Repertoire, Sexual dimorphism, Social organization, Pair bond, Pairing, Foraging, Biology
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publication . Article . 2012

Nice guys finish last: same-sex sexual behavior and pairing success in male budgerigars

Puya Abbassi; Nancy Tyler Burley;