Mate choice is not important for female reproductive success in the common Rosefinch (Carpodacus erythrinus)

Rosefinch (Carpodacus erythrinus) Science Article 1

abstract

I studied mate choice in relation to female reproductive success in the Common Rosefinch( Carpodacuesr ythrinuso) over a four-year period. Approximately 50-99% of the variance in female reproductive success was due to nest predation during incubation. Because males did not defend nest sites and females probably face time constraints, I conclude that they paired unselectively. This is supported by the lack of correlation between male phenotypic characteristics and pairing success and the random pattern in male pairing order

Mats Bjorklund, The Auk 107: 35-44. January 1990

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