Juvenile social experience affects pairing success at adulthood: Congruence with the loser effect?

Mariette, Mylene M., Cathaud, Charlene, Chambon, Remi and Vignal, Clementine 2013, Juvenile social experience affects pairing success at adulthood: Congruence with the loser effect?, Proceedings of the Royal Society B: biological sciences, vol. 280, no. 1767, pp. 1-9, doi: 10.1098/rspb.2013.1514.

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Title Juvenile social experience affects pairing success at adulthood: Congruence with the loser effect?
Author(s) Mariette, Mylene M.ORCID iD for Mariette, Mylene M. orcid.org/0000-0003-0567-4111
Cathaud, Charlene
Chambon, Remi
Vignal, Clementine
Journal name Proceedings of the Royal Society B: biological sciences
Volume number 280
Issue number 1767
Start page 1
End page 9
Total pages 9
Publisher Royal Society Publishing
Place of publication London, England
Publication date 2013-09-22
ISSN 0962-8452
1471-2954
Keyword(s) Courtship persistence
Pair bond
Social feedback
Social learning
Winner and loser effect
Zebra finch
Summary Social interactions with adults are often critical for the development of mating behaviours. However, the potential role of other primary social partners such as juvenile counterparts is rarely considered. Most interestingly, it is not known whether interactions with juvenile females improve males’ courtship and whether, similar to the winner and loser effects in a fighting context—outcome of these interactions shapes males’ behaviour in future encounters. We investigated the combined effects of male quality and juvenile social experience on pairing success at adulthood in zebra finches (Taeniopygia guttata). We manipulated brood size to alter male quality and then placed males in either same- or mixed-sex juvenile dyads until adulthood. We found that males from reduced broods obtained more copulations and males from mixed-sex dyads had more complete courtships. Furthermore, independent of their quality, males that failed to pair with juvenile females, but not juvenile males, had a lower pairing success at adulthood. Our study shows that negative social experience with peers during adolescence may be a potent determinant of pairing success that can override the effects of early environmental conditions on male attractiveness and thereby supports the occurrence of an analogous process to the loser effect in a mating context.
Language eng
DOI 10.1098/rspb.2013.1514
Field of Research 059999 Environmental Sciences not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 970105 Expanding Knowledge in the Environmental Sciences
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2013, Royal Society Publishing
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30061678

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