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1 December 2008 Variation in Copulatory Behavior of the Dovekie
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Various types of copulatory behavior of individually marked and molecularly sexed Dovekies (Alle alle) were studied in the breeding colony in Hornsund (South Spitsbergen) in 2005-2006. Female-male (reverse) mounting (females mounting males) was recorded in 5% of all 851 observed copulations and copulation attempts. All reverse mountings were observed in one pair of 37 studied during the prelaying period. Female-male mountings made up half of all recorded copulations and copulation attempts in this particular pair. We discuss possible function of female-male mountings. We also describe homosexual male-male, mountings and redirected mountings which made up 0.3% and 1.5% respectively of all observed types of copulatory behavior.

Dariusz Jakubas and Katarzyna Wojczulanis-Jakubas "Variation in Copulatory Behavior of the Dovekie," Waterbirds 31(4), 661-665, (1 December 2008). https://doi.org/10.1675/1524-4695-31.4.661
Received: 13 December 2007; Accepted: 1 May 2008; Published: 1 December 2008
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