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Sexual selection and the Barn Swallow

Chris Merkord
  • Anders Pape Møller Oxford University Press 1994 London United Kingdom http://ukcatalogue.oup.com/product/9780198540281.do#

    376 pages | line figures, tables | 234x156mm

    English , Global, , Swallows, Martins (Hirundinidae), Oxford Series in Ecology and Evolution 05/19/1994 0198540280 9780198540281 No value No value

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.

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