An integrative study of social and reproductive systems in northern bobwhite (Colinus virginianus)
Faircloth, Brant Chipstead
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Northern Bobwhite (Colinus virginianus) inhabit variable environments. Individual behavior likely arose to address this environmental variability. Speci c, resulting actions of bobwhites include group living, brood amalgamation, and breeding. I investigate these behaviors by integrating techniques from eld and molecular biology to examine the e ects of relatedness on individual cooperation and quantify the breeding behavior of bobwhites. My results suggest that kin selection does not a ect bobwhite behavior and bobwhite may adopt behavioral strategies, exibly expressed in the presence of environmental variation, to maximize individual tness.