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dc.contributor.authorWilson, David Ren
dc.contributor.authorMcDonald, Paulen
dc.contributor.authorEvans, Christopher Sen
dc.date.accessioned2011-05-12T10:29:00Z
dc.date.issued2010en
dc.identifier.citationEthology, 116(8), p. 755-762en
dc.identifier.issn0179-1613en
dc.identifier.issn1439-0310en
dc.identifier.urihttps://hdl.handle.net/1959.11/7396en
dc.description.abstractMale fowl ('Gallus gallus') that have recently mated invest in their mates by producing antipredator alarm signals at a higher rate. It remains unclear, however, whether these males are investing judiciously in their mates, or responding more generally to recent mating success. Here, we manipulated each male’s mating experience with two different females to test whether males invest selectively in their mates. For 1 wk, males could interact with both females, but could mate with only one of them. In the second week, we removed either the mated or the unmated female and measured the male’s rate of alarm calling. Males did not invest preferentially in their mates, suggesting that increased alarm calling is a more general response to recent mating experience. This relationship could be based on a relatively simple cognitive rule of thumb or on an underlying physiological mechanism. Testosterone and corticosterone are associated with reproduction and antipredator behaviour in other species and so could provide the necessary physiological link in fowl. To test this, we measured plasma levels of testosterone and corticosterone before, during and after mating. Results show that hormone levels did not change as a function of male mating status and hence cannot provide the link between mating and calling behaviour. Instead, we suggest that a general cognitive mechanism is more likely to explain prudent mate investment in this species.en
dc.languageenen
dc.publisherWiley-Blackwell Verlag GmbHen
dc.relation.ispartofEthologyen
dc.titleMechanisms of Mate Investment in the Polygamous Fowl, 'Gallus gallus'en
dc.typeJournal Articleen
dc.identifier.doi10.1111/j.1439-0310.2010.01800.xen
dc.subject.keywordsAnimal Behaviouren
dc.subject.keywordsBehavioural Ecologyen
local.contributor.firstnameDavid Ren
local.contributor.firstnamePaulen
local.contributor.firstnameChristopher Sen
local.subject.for2008060801 Animal Behaviouren
local.subject.for2008060201 Behavioural Ecologyen
local.subject.seo2008970106 Expanding Knowledge in the Biological Sciencesen
local.profile.schoolSchool of Environmental and Rural Scienceen
local.profile.emaildrwilson76@gmail.comen
local.profile.emailpmcdon21@une.edu.auen
local.output.categoryC1en
local.record.placeauen
local.record.institutionUniversity of New Englanden
local.identifier.epublicationsrecordune-20110322-10082en
local.publisher.placeBerlin, Germanyen
local.format.startpage755en
local.format.endpage762en
local.peerreviewedYesen
local.identifier.volume116en
local.identifier.issue8en
local.contributor.lastnameWilsonen
local.contributor.lastnameMcDonalden
local.contributor.lastnameEvansen
dc.identifier.staffune-id:pmcdon21en
local.profile.orcid0000-0002-9541-3304en
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local.identifier.unepublicationidune:7564en
dc.identifier.academiclevelAcademicen
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local.title.maintitleMechanisms of Mate Investment in the Polygamous Fowl, 'Gallus gallus'en
local.output.categorydescriptionC1 Refereed Article in a Scholarly Journalen
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local.search.authorWilson, David Ren
local.search.authorMcDonald, Paulen
local.search.authorEvans, Christopher Sen
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