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Biology of the Ubiquitous House SparrowFrom Genes to Populations$
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Ted Anderson

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780195304114

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195304114.001.0001

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BREEDING BIOLOGY AND REPRODUCTIVE STRATEGY

BREEDING BIOLOGY AND REPRODUCTIVE STRATEGY

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(p.135) Chapter 4 BREEDING BIOLOGY AND REPRODUCTIVE STRATEGY
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Biology of the Ubiquitous House Sparrow
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Ted R. Anderson

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195304114.003.0004

This chapter summarizes the reproductive strategy of the House Sparrow. Although monogamy is the primary mating system of the species, significant rates of extra-pair fertilizations have been identified by DNA-fingerprinting. Both the adaptive and proximate causes of clutch size variation in the species are discussed. Other topics include age at first reproduction, timing of breeding, nest sites, incubation, nesting success, reproductive lifespan, and captive breeding.

Keywords:   clutch size, mating system, extra-pair fertilization, incubation, reproductive lifespan, captive breeding, DNA-fingerprinting

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