Cooperative Breeding in Behavioral Ecology
An analysis of cooperative breeding, a system in which animals in addition to parents help raise offspring – a behavior found in many bird species living in warm countries.
“Cooperative breeding in birds is not randomly distributed, rather it is concentrated in certain families. This supports the idea that there may be a common basis to this behavior in birds. Throughout the year they reside on defended territories yet they aren’t confined to a single habitat or a particular diet. (Skutch, 256). Some questions that arise from this behavior are why individuals who are not parents help rear other individuals, and from this what are some costs and benefits for all the organisms in question? The answers to these questions will enable us to get a better picture of cooperative breeding and the role of `helping` in several bird species across the world.”