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Intraclutch eggshell colour variation in birds: are females able to identify their eggs individually?

Authors
  • Poláček, Miroslav1, 2
  • Bartíková, Michaela1, 2
  • Hoi, Herbert2
  • 1 Slovak Academy of Sciences, Institute of Zoology, Bratislava, Slovakia. , (Slovakia)
  • 2 Konrad Lorenz Institute of Ethology, Department of Integrative Biology and Evolution, University of Veterinary Medicine, Vienna, Austria. , (Austria)
Type
Published Article
Journal
PeerJ
Publisher
PeerJ
Publication Date
Jan 01, 2017
Volume
5
Identifiers
DOI: 10.7717/peerj.3707
PMID: 28875071
Source
Medline
Keywords
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Abstract

All basic prerequisites for the "female egg recognition" hypothesis are fulfilled. In this context practicability and feasibility of the hypothesis and alternative explanations are discussed. However future work is necessary to determine a direct effect on offspring condition.

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