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Sexual selection and the Barn Swallow

Sexual selection and the Barn Swallow

Author: Anders Pape Møller

Published: 1994-05-19

Publisher's Description:

An important empirical test of the theoretical predictions of sexual selection theory, this book presents a long-term field study of the monagamous barn swallow. By using information on behaviour, ecology, morphology, genetics, and evolution, the book reviews this theory and its two components: male-male competition and female choice.

The selective advantages of a long tail are investigated for this common bird, demonstrating such effects as mating behaviour, copulation behaviour, migration strategies, and host-parasite interactions.

A rich informative text which clearly elucidates the mechanisms and consequences of sexual selection.

Readership: Postgraduate students and research workers in ecology, animal behaviour, ornithology, and evolutionary biology.


376 pages | line figures, tables | 234x156mm


  • Language: English
  • Biogeographical Realm: Global
  • Countries Covered:
  • Families Covered: Swallows, Martins (Hirundinidae)

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  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • City: London
  • Country: United Kingdom


  • Series Title: Oxford Series in Ecology and Evolution
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  • Date Published: 18 May 1994
  • ISBN-10: 0198540280
  • ISBN-13: 9780198540281