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October 25, 2016
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Scott M. Ramsay

Variation in social rank acquisition influences lifetime reproductive success in black-capped chickadees.

Kristin A. Schubert, Daniel J. Mennill, Scott M. Ramsay, Ken A. Otter, Peter T. Boag and Laurene M. Ratcliffe

published: 2007 | Research publication | Chickadees

In this longterm study, we examined the factors associated with advancement in social rank and lifetime reproductive success in black-capped chickadees.  Age was the best predictor of rank and lifetime reproductive success.  Social rank was an important determinant of realised reproductive success for males.  Individuals who lived longer and attained high social rank earlier had higher fitness.

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