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  • adj. Occurring outside of a stable pairing


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  • From what I can glean from Google, there’s one more bit of evidence in favor of “good genes” and against “good parenting” in this particular case: Female ducks are also unusually uninterested in any kind of extrapair copulation; unlike, for instance, most female songbirds, who willingly mate with a large/bright/loud/otherwise sexy male when their own male’s out of sight.

    Twisty maze of duck oviducts - The Panda's Thumb

  • So it seems unlikely to me that they could effectively “punish” the female for extrapair copulation by neglecting her offspring.

    Twisty maze of duck oviducts - The Panda's Thumb

  • What is diplomatically referred to as 'non-paternity' or extrapair paternity occurs about 4% of the time average of wide-ranging estimates.

    "$perm wail by donor."


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