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Dynamic mate-searching tactic allows female satin bowerbirds Ptilonorhynchus violaceus to reduce searching.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  10714879     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Females can maximize the benefits of mate choice by finding high-quality mates while using search tactics that limit the costs of searching for mates. Mate-searching models indicate that specific search tactics would best optimize this trade-off under different conditions. These models do not, however, consider that females may use information from previous years to improve mate searching and reduce search costs in subsequent years. We followed female satin bowerbirds Ptilonorhynchus violaceus during mate searching and reconstructed their search patterns. We found that females who chose very attractive males typically mated with the same male in the following year, resulting in these females sampling fewer males than those who switched mates. In contrast, females who mated with less attractive males typically rejected their previous mates and searched longer for more attractive mates in the following mating season. A potential cost to mate searching is suggested by the observed increase in the likelihood of force-copulation attempts from marauding males with increased searching. Our results suggest that by using past experiences to adjust their search tactics, females may obtain high-quality mates while limiting search costs. These results emphasize the need to consider historical effects in studies of sexual selection, especially for long-lived species with stable display sites.
J A Uy; G L Patricelli; G Borgia
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, U.S. Gov't, Non-P.H.S.    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Proceedings. Biological sciences / The Royal Society     Volume:  267     ISSN:  0962-8452     ISO Abbreviation:  Proc. Biol. Sci.     Publication Date:  2000 Feb 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2000-04-18     Completed Date:  2000-04-18     Revised Date:  2009-11-18    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  101245157     Medline TA:  Proc Biol Sci     Country:  ENGLAND    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  251-6     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Biology, University of Maryland, College Park 20742, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Reproduction / physiology*
Sexual Behavior, Animal / physiology*
Songbirds / physiology*

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