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Innovative females are more promiscuous in great tits (Parus major)
- Bókony, Veronika, Pipoly, Ivett, Szabó, Krisztián, Preiszner, Bálint, Vincze, Ernő, Papp, Sándor, Seress, Gábor, Hammer, Tamás, Liker, András
- Behavioral ecology 2017 v.28 no.2 pp. 579-588
- Parus major, animals, females, genes, males, problem solving, progeny, reproduction
- We found that innovative great tit females are prone to cuckold their mates. Innovative problem solving can be important to animals for survival and reproduction in nature, yet we found no evidence that females mated to males with poor problem-solving performance compensate for poor male quality by obtaining superior genes for their offspring from other males via cuckoldry. Instead, females’ infidelity increased with their own innovativeness.