Great tits in tutorial this week

The third board meeting is coming up in tutorial this week. The paper, on personality and promiscuity in great tits, is here.

2 Responses to Great tits in tutorial this week

  1. Did we ever come to a conclusion what the results were in the paper?

  2. They’re pretty confusing. Even though the hypothesis was that bolder males would have more encounters with females, and thus more extra-pair mates, Patrick et al. did not find evidence of this in their great tit population. Male boldness was not related to number of extra-pair partners (as determined by presence of male offspring in other nests).
    However, bolder males did have more (i.e., a greater number of) offspring in other nests…
    These aren’t all the important results, but they are some of the more confusing ones.

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