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Cooperative Breeding in Vertebrates: Studies of Ecology, Evolution and Behavior

  • Features contributions from leaders in the field to provide the definitive synthesis of current studies of cooperative breeding
  • The chapters describe the behavior and ecology of a range of species as well as testing evolutionary hypotheses for the form and function of diverse and fascinating cooperative breeding lifestyles
  • A much-needed update to earlier volumes focused on cooperative breeding, providing readers with studies involving a range of taxa and taking advantage of modern genetic techniques

By: Walter D Koenig(Editor), Janis L Dickinson(Editor), Stef den Ridder(Illustrator)

391 pages, 12 plates with colour photos; 181 b/w photos and b/w illustrations, 32 tables

Cambridge University Press

Hardback | Jan 2016 | #224577 | ISBN-13: 9781107043435
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Cooperative breeders are species in which individuals beyond a pair assist in the production of young in a single brood or litter. Although relatively rare, cooperative breeding is widespread taxonomically and continues to pose challenges to our understanding of the evolution of cooperation and altruistic behavior. Bringing together long-term studies of cooperatively breeding birds, mammals, and fishes, Cooperative Breeding in Vertebrates provides a synthesis of current studies in the field. The chapters are organised by individual studies of particular species or (in the case of mole-rats) two closely related cooperatively breeding species. Each focuses not only on describing behavior and ecology but also on testing evolutionary hypotheses for the form and function of the diverse and extraordinary cooperative breeding lifestyles that have been discovered. This unique and comprehensive text will be of interest to graduate students and researchers of behavioral ecology and the evolution of cooperation.


List of contributors
Introduction Janis L. Dickinson and Walter D. Koenig

1. Siberian jays: delayed dispersal in the absence of cooperative breeding Jan Ekman and Michael Griesser
2. Western bluebirds: lessons from a marginal cooperative breeder Janis L. Dickinson, Çaglar Akçay, Elise D. Ferree and Caitlin A. Stern
3. Long-tailed tits: ecological causes and fitness consequences of redirected helping Ben J. Hatchwell
4. Red-cockaded woodpeckers: alternative pathways to breeding success Jeffrey R. Walters and Victoria Garcia
5. Florida scrub-jays: advantages of large territories and group-defense in a fire-maintained habitat John W. Fitzpatrick and Reed Bowman
6. Carrion crows: family living and helping in a flexible social system Vittorio Baglione and Daniela Canestrari
7. Southern pied babblers: the dynamics of conflict and cooperation in a group-living society Amanda R. Ridley
8. Superb fairy-wrens: making the worst of a good job Andrew Cockburn, Lyanne Brouwer, Nicolas Margraf, Helen L. Osmond and Martijn van de Pol
9. Chestnut-crowned babblers: dealing with climatic adversity and uncertainty in the Australian arid zone Andrew F. Russell
10. Bell miners: kin-selected helping decisions Jonathan Wright and Paul G. McDonald
11. Superb starlings: cooperation and conflict in an unpredictable environment Dustin R. Rubenstein
12. Seychelles warblers: complexities of the helping paradox Jan Komdeur, Terry Burke, Hannah Dugdale and David S. Richardson
13. Acorn woodpeckers: helping at the nest, polygynandry, and dependence on a variable acorn crop Walter D. Koenig, Eric L. Walters and Joseph Haydock
14. Taiwan yuhinas: unrelated joint-nesters cooperate in unfavorable environments Sheng-Feng Shen, Hsiao-Wei Yuan and Mark Liu
15. Guira cuckoos: cooperation, infanticide, and female reproductive investment in a joint-nesting species Regina H. Macedo
16. Cichlid fishes: a model for the integrative study of social behavior Michael Taborsky
17. Meerkats: cooperative breeding in the Kalahari Tim Clutton-Brock and Marta Manser
18. Banded mongooses: demography, life history, and social behavior Michael A. Cant, Hazel J. Nichols, Faye J. Thompson and Emma Vitikainen
19. Damaraland and naked mole-rats: convergence of social evolution Chris G. Faulkes and Nigel C. Bennett
20. Synthesis: cooperative breeding in the twenty-first century Walter D. Koenig, Janis L. Dickinson and Stephen T. Emlen

Taxonomic index
Subject index

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Walter D. Koenig is Senior Scientist at the Lab of Ornithology and the Department of Neurobiology and Behavior at Cornell University. He has studied cooperative breeding in acorn woodpeckers for over forty years. He is co-editor of Cooperative Breeding in Birds: Long-Term Studies of Ecology and Behavior (Cambridge, 1990) and Ecology and Evolution of Cooperative Breeding in Birds (Cambridge, 2004), and has published widely, primarily in the fields of population and behavioral ecology.

Janis L. Dickinson is Arthur A. Allen Director of Citizen Science at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and Professor in the Department of Natural Resources at Cornell University. Her work has primarily been in the fields of sexual selection and social behavior in insects and birds; she has studied the behavioral ecology of western bluebirds for over twenty-five years and is also co-editor of Ecology and Evolution of Cooperative Breeding in Birds (Cambridge, 2004). Her current interests include understanding how socially networked web environments can be designed to support collaborative conservation actions.

- Janis L. Dickinson
- Walter D. Koenig
- Jan Ekman
- Michael Griesser
- Çaglar Akçay
- Elise D. Ferree
- Caitlin A. Stern
- Ben J. Hatchwell
- Jeffrey R. Walters
- Victoria Garcia
- John W. Fitzpatrick
- Reed Bowman
- Vittorio Baglione
- Daniela Canestrari
- Amanda R. Ridley
- Andrew Cockburn
- Lyanne Brouwer
- Nicolas Margraf
- Helen L. Osmond
- Martijn van de Pol
- Andrew F. Russell
- Jonathan Wright
- Paul G. McDonald
- Dustin R. Rubenstein
- Jan Komdeur
- Terry Burke
- Hannah Dugdale
- David S. Richardson
- Eric L. Walters
- Joseph Haydock
- Sheng-Feng Shen
- Hsiao-Wei Yuan
- Mark Liu
- Regina H. Macedo
- Michael Taborsky
- Tim Clutton-Brock
- Marta Manser
- Michael A. Cant
- Hazel J. Nichols
- Faye J. Thompson
- Emma Vitikainen
- Chris G. Faulkes
- Nigel C. Bennett
- Stephen T. Emlen

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