Birds of Indian Subcontinent

Mate-choice copying in black grouse

Publication Type:Journal Article
Year of Publication:1995
Authors:H, Alatalo, RV, Gibson, RM, Lundberg, A
Journal:Animal Behaviour
Date Published:1995
ISBN Number:0003-3472
Keywords:Lyrurus, Lyrurus tetrix, Phasianidae
Abstract:Recent field studies of lekking birds and mammals have provided evidence that mate selection in these mating systems may be affected partly by females copying the choices of others. Two pieces of evidence from black grouse, Tetrao tetrix, leks consistent with this view are presented. First, data on the temporal distributions of natural matings at 19 leks show that after being chosen by one female, a male is more likely to be chosen by others. Second, in an experiment in which dummy females were placed on males' territories, more females were attracted to the territories on days when males were able to copulate with the dummies. This result was not repeated in two other treatments when males were presented with dummies with which they were not able to copulate or with decoys of ducks. This suggests that copulation itself makes a male more attractive to females, although several other cues might also have contributed to the responses observed in these experiments.
Short Title:Animal Behaviour
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