Social Behaviour: Males Help When Mates Are Rare

Sjouke A. Kingma*, Tamás Székely

*Corresponding author for this work

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In cooperatively-breeding animals, some individuals may postpone or completely forego independent reproduction to help others reproduce. A recent large-scale manipulation of adult sex ratio in wild nuthatches suggests that male birds postpone breeding because of a shortage of potential mates.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)R370-R372
JournalCurrent Biology
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - 20 May 2019

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