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Ostrich: Journal of African Ornithology

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Timing of primary wing moult in sexually dimorphic passerines from the Western Cape, South Africa

Bo T Bonnevie, H Dieter Oschadleus

Abstract


SAFRING ringing data was used to investigate the differences in the timing and duration of primary wing moult between males and females of sexually dimorphic passerines from the Western Cape, South Africa. In the sunbirds, weavers and canaries that were considered, the males generally started moult before the females, whereas this was not so for other species. In the species where males started moult before the females, the standard deviation of the start of moult was generally smaller in the males and the males generally took longer to moult. These differences in the patterns of moult are discussed in the context of differences in parental care between males and females of each species and within their taxonomic groups.

OSTRICH 2010, 81(1): 63–67



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