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Males of lined seedeaters suggest the nest site, but do not build the nest

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D. de F. FerreiraPós-graduação em Zoologia, Departamento de Zoologia, ICB, Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais, Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais, Brazil

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F.C.R. CunhaBehavioural Ecology Group, Wageningen University & Research, Wageningen, The Netherlands

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L.E. LopesLaboratório de Biologia Animal, IBF, Universidade Federal de Viçosa – Campus Florestal, Florestal, Minas Gerais, Brazil

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Abstract

The breeding biology of members of Sporophila seedeaters is relatively well known. In general, females are solely responsible for nest building, but it is unclear how nest sites are selected. We describe for the first time observations of male displays that ultimately suggest nesting sites to females in lined seedeaters. We compare this behaviour with anecdotal observations gathered from literature and citizen science networks that suggest that this behaviour occurs in other species in the genus.

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