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Environmental stability and the evolution of cooperative breeding in hornbills.

Abstract:

Reproductive cooperation in social animals has been the focus of intensive research, yet the role of environmental factors in promoting such cooperation remains uncertain. A recent global analysis suggested that cooperative breeding in birds is a 'bet-hedging' strategy associated with climatic uncertainty, but it is unclear whether this mechanism applies generally or is restricted to the insectivorous passerines that predominate as cooperative breeders at the global scale. Here, we use a phyl...

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10.1098/rspb.2013.1297

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Gonzalez, JC More by this author
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Institution:
University of Oxford
Department:
Oxford, MPLS, Zoology
Tobias, JA More by this author
Journal:
Proceedings. Biological sciences / The Royal Society
Volume:
280
Issue:
1768
Pages:
20131297
Publication date:
2013-10-05
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EISSN:
1471-2954
ISSN:
0962-8452
URN:
uuid:f88648e6-4a1a-4d09-a48e-6e4b69c80066
Source identifiers:
416721
Local pid:
pubs:416721

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