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Reproductive biology and sperm competition in Australian fairy-wrens



Reproductive biology and sperm competition in Australian fairy-wrens



Avian and Poultry Biology Reviews 17(1): 21-37



In birds, the outcome of sperm competition is determined by the relative timing and order of matings, sperm numbers, and differential fertilizing capacity of male ejaculates. The intensity of sperm competition varies among species according to mating system, specifically the copulation behaviour of females. The Australian Maluridae (fairy-wrens, grasswrens, and emu-wrens) exhibits a diverse reproductive behaviour and adaptation thought to be associated with sperm competition.

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DOI: 10.3184/147020606783437949


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