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Assortative Mating in the Little Ringed Plover Charadrius dubius

Anders Hedenström
Ornis Scandinavica (Scandinavian Journal of Ornithology)
Vol. 18, No. 4 (Nov., 1987), pp. 325-327
Published by: Wiley on behalf of Nordic Society Oikos
DOI: 10.2307/3676905
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/3676905
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Abstract

Students of avian ecology have recently paid attention to assortative mating according to continuous characters. For three wader species also observations of disassortative mating exist. Here I report on assortative mating in the Little Ringed Plover. Mating was positively assortative according to overall body size, i.e. large males and large females nested together and vice versa. It is argued that size-related differences in spring arrival might cause the mating pattern observed.

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