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More Fun Than Fun: What Can Coucals Teach Us About Parental Care?

Gadagkar, R (2022) More Fun Than Fun: What Can Coucals Teach Us About Parental Care? In: Science The Wire .

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Coucals belong to the cuckoo family, but they build their own nests and rear their brood. Most coucal species breed in monogamous pairs care for the chicks together. The black coucal is an outlier in the coucal way of life. It is the most sexually dimorphic of all known coucals, with the females 70% larger than the males. Males also outnumber females by 2.5x in the breeding population, making females the limiting sex, with high variance in reproductive success. And among black coucals, the responsibility of incubating, feeding and protecting the chicks falls entirely to the males.

Item Type: Editorials/Short Communications
Publication: Science The Wire
Additional Information: The copyright of this article belongs to the Authors.
Department/Centre: Division of Biological Sciences > Centre for Ecological Sciences
Date Deposited: 07 Mar 2022 04:53
Last Modified: 19 May 2023 10:16
URI: https://eprints.iisc.ac.in/id/eprint/71420

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