Colonial breeding and speciation in birds

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Authors: Mooers, AO; Moller, AP
Year: 1996
Journal: Evolutionary Ecology 10: 375-385
Title: Colonial breeding and speciation in birds
Abstract: It was recently suggested that bird species which breed colonially might be under stronger sexual selection, have faster rates of evolution and might therefore speciate more rapidly than bird species which do not. If true, then colonial taxa should contain more species than non-colonial taxa, other things being equal. When similarity through common descent is accounted for, there is little evidence for an association between the number of species in a clade and whether it is colonial or not.
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