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Title: Reproductive success, dimorphism and sex allocation in the brown falcon Falco berigora
Author(s): McDonald, Paul
Affiliation: School of Botany and Zoology
The Australian National University
Keywords: brown falcon
reproductive success
reversed sexual size dimorphism
sex allocation
growth rates
body size
costs of reproduction
life history
parental quality
prey size
Date created: 2003-09
Year accepted: 2003
This project describes various aspects of the breeding ecology and behaviour of the brown falcon Falco berigora, a common but poorly study Australian raptor. In particular it examines (a) the main influences on reproductive success; (b) tests predictions of theories proposed to explain the evolution and maintenance of sexual size dimorphism (RSD; females the larger sex) in raptors; and (c) investigates sex allocation patterns in the light of current sex ratio and parental investment theory. The study was conducted between July 1999 and June 2002 approximately 35 km southwest of Melbourne, at the Western Treatment Plant (WTP), Werribee (38°0’S 144°34’E) and surrounds, a total area of approximately 150 km2.¶ ...
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