Absence of strict monogamy in the Eurasian jackdaw, Coloeus monedula

Sondra Turjeman*, Ron Chen, Ran Nathan

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The Eurasian Jackdaw is thought to be archetypically monogamous, but recent tagging research uncovered extra-pair copulations in the species. Here we examined extra-pair paternity (genetic monogamy) in Eurasian jackdaws breeding in the Judean Hills, Israel, at the global edge of the species range, using a set of highly polymorphic molecular microsatellites. We found roughly a sixth of nests sampled showed deviations from monogamy, more than previously found in DNA fingerprinting studies of jackdaws, suggesting a mixed mating strategy in this population. These findings support the trend of extra-pair paternity in avian species, even when social monogamy remains the rule, and highlight the importance of continued study of species throughout their geographical range.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)1-5
Number of pages5
JournalIsrael Journal of Ecology and Evolution
Issue number5659
StatePublished - 2021

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  • Extra-pair paternity
  • Jackdaw
  • Mating behavior
  • Microsatellites
  • Monogamy


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