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Bigamy in the Blue-Footed Booby and the Brown Booby?
José Alfredo Castillo-Guerrero, Eric Mellink and Aarón Aguilar
Waterbirds: The International Journal of Waterbird Biology
Vol. 28, No. 3 (Sep., 2005), pp. 399-401
Published by: Waterbird Society
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/4132556
Page Count: 3
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On islands in the Gulf of California in 2003 and 2004, we recorded three Blue-footed Booby (Sula nebouxii) and one Brown Booby (S. leucogaster) nests that were actively used by two females and one male. Although our data are limited, and cooperation cannot be completely ruled out, we suggest that these nests were the result of bigamous behavior.
Waterbirds: The International Journal of Waterbird Biology © 2005 Waterbird Society