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Birds choose long-term partners years before breeding

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Teitelbaum, C. S., Converse, S. J., and Mueller, T., 2017, Birds choose long-term partners years before breeding: Animal Behaviour, v. 134, p. 147-154. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.anbehav.2017.10.015

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Pair bonds can provide social benefits to long-term monogamous species alongside their benefits for reproduction. However, little is known about when these bonds form, in particular how long they are present before breeding. Previous studies of pair formation in long-term monogamous birds have been rather data-limited, but for many migratory birds they report pair formation on the wintering grounds. We provide the first systematic investigation of prebreeding association patterns of long-term monogamous pairs by examining entire life histories based on tracking data of migratory whooping cranes, Grus americana. We found that a substantial portion (62%) of breeding pairs started associating at least 12 months before first breeding, [...]

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