Extra-pair paternity in the strongly monogamousWandering AlbatrossDiomedea exulanshas noapparent benefits for females

Wandering Albatross (Diomedea exulans) Science Article 17


Although 92% of avian species are socially monogamous, extra-pair copulation (EPC),resulting in extra-pair paternity (EPP), is a common reproductive strategy in birds. Amongseabirds, in which the rate of social monogamy reaches 100%, Procellariiformes (albatrossesand petrels) show low EPP rates, with the noticeable exception of the only albatross investigated in this regard, the Waved Albatross Phoebastria irrorata.

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