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Scott M. Ramsay

Patterns of extra-pair mating in relation to male dominance status and female nest placement in black-capped chickadees.

Daniel J. Mennill, Scott M. Ramsay, Peter T. Boag and Laurene M. Ratcliffe

published: 2004 | Research publication | Chickadees

Females paired to low-ranking males constructed their nests near the territory edges of neighbouring high-ranking males. However, females did not preferentially choose the neighbour nearest to their nest, or even the high-ranking neighbour nearest their nest, as an extra-pair partner. We conclude that conspecific attraction to neighbours may influence nesting location in black-capped chickadees, however it does not operate by facilitating extra-pair copulations.

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