Yolk androgens do not appear to mediate sexual conflict over parental investment in the collared flycatcher Ficedula albicollis
2009 (English)In: Hormones and Behavior, ISSN 0018-506X, E-ISSN 1095-6867, Vol. 55, no 4, 514-519 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Mates and females are in conflict over parental care, as it would be favourable for one parent to shift labour to the other. Yolk hormones may offer a mechanism through which female birds could influence offspring traits in ways that increase the relative investment by the male. We studied the role of yolk androgens in mediating sexual conflict over parental care in the collared flycatcher (Ficedula albicollis). In a cross-fostering experiment, the male's proportion of total feeding visits increased with increasing androgen levels in the foster eggs. This could suggest that sexual conflict over parental care may be influenced by the female's differential allocation of yolk androgens or a maternal effect associated with yolk androgens. However, when we experimentally elevated yolk androgen levels, male feeding rates did not differ between control and androgen-manipulated nests. This suggests that other egg components correlated with yolk androgen levels, rather than yolk androgen levels per se, may influence male parental effort. In conclusion, yolk androgens per se do not appear to mediate sexual conflict over parental investment in the collared flycatcher. (C) 2009 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2009. Vol. 55, no 4, 514-519 p.
Hormones, Maternal effects, Parental care, Parental investment, Reproductive effort
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-129107DOI: 10.1016/j.yhbeh.2009.01.010ISI: 000265342300009OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-129107DiVA: diva2:337590