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Genetic Monogamy in Captive Pigeons (Columba livia) Assessed by DNA Fingerprinting

Kruti K. Patel and Courtney Siegel
Bios
Vol. 76, No. 2 (May, 2005), pp. 97-101
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/4608738
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Genetic Monogamy in Captive Pigeons (Columba livia) Assessed by DNA Fingerprinting
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Abstract

Many socially monogamous birds have been shown to be genetically polygamous, and such behavior can be enhanced in captivity. We verified the monogamous behavior of pigeons (Columba livia) in a captive population using DNA fingerprinting with multilocus minisatellite (Jeffreys') probes. No extra pair offspring were detected when 25 chicks from unique matings were analyzed. Two potentially extra-pair offspring were detected among 43 chicks from matings of socially established pairs produced during a two-year period. That the social pair bond remained unbroken throughout the two years of our study was confirmed by molecular analysis of offspring from sequential matings.

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