The importance of hatching date for dominance in young shags

Velando, A., 2000. The importance of hatching date for dominance in young shags. Animal Behaviour, 60(2), pp.181-185.


In birds, conditions and experience in the nest may influence the social rank of juveniles after they become independent. Three main factors may be involved: (1) mass at fledging, larger birds being better able to compete; (2) brood hierarchy, dominance in the brood continuing after the birds leave the nest; and (3) hatching date, birds hatching earlier having more experience and a greater ability to compete. I studied the effect of these factors on the agonistic behaviour of juvenile European shags, Phalacrocorax aristotelis, in crèches. Of all the factors, only hatching date had a significant influence on the dominance rank of juveniles. Birds that hatched earlier had a higher rank. Additionally, males were somewhat more aggressive than females. The importance of an individual’s hatching date for its social rank may have consequences for its future reproductive value.

Deixar unha resposta

introduce os teu datos ou preme nunha das iconas:

Logotipo de WordPress.com

Estás a comentar desde a túa conta de WordPress.com. Sair / Cambiar )

Twitter picture

Estás a comentar desde a túa conta de Twitter. Sair / Cambiar )

Facebook photo

Estás a comentar desde a túa conta de Facebook. Sair / Cambiar )

Google+ photo

Estás a comentar desde a túa conta de Google+. Sair / Cambiar )

Conectando a %s