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1 September 2007 Mating Behavior of Reed Buntings (Emberiza schoeniclus) in Captivity
Katja Wingelmaier, Hans Winkler, Erwin Nemeth
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We studied sexual pair behavior and cuckoldry of nine female and five male Reed Buntings (Emberiza schoeniclus) in a large outdoor aviary. Three males established small territories and paired with females. We observed 23 copulation attempts with identified partners during a period of approximately 6 weeks, 10 between social mates, 12 between unpaired females and paired males (extrapair for males), and one between a paired female and a paired male which was not the social mate (extrapair for both). Both males and females initiated copulation attempts which, in most cases, were preceded by precopulatory displays. No forced copulations were observed and females appeared to have an active role in mating behavior.

Katja Wingelmaier, Hans Winkler, and Erwin Nemeth "Mating Behavior of Reed Buntings (Emberiza schoeniclus) in Captivity," The Wilson Journal of Ornithology 119(3), 463-466, (1 September 2007).
Received: 2 October 2006; Accepted: 1 December 2006; Published: 1 September 2007
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