Data from: No mutual mate choice for quality in zebra finches: time to question a widely-held assumption

Daiping Wang, Wolfgang Forstmeier & Bart Kempenaers
Studies of mate choice typically assume that individuals prefer high quality mates and select them based on condition-dependent indicator traits. In species with bi-parental care, mutual mate choice is expected to result in assortative mating for quality. When assortment is not perfect, the lower quality pair members are expected to compensate by increased parental investment to secure their partner (positive differential allocation). This framework has been assumed to hold for monogamous species like the zebra...
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