Why do pigeons get so romantic?
Female pigeons may be offering sex to encourage their mates to stay close and protect them from harassment by other males.
Lovell-Mansbridge, C., and T.R. Birkhead. 1998. Do female pigeons trade pair copulations for protection? Animal Behaviour 56(July):235.
University of Sheffield
Department of Animal and Plant Sciences
Sheffield S10 2TN
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