A rare fight in female plains zebra

Ilya R. Fischhoff, Siva R. Sundaresan, Heather M. Larkin, Marie Jeanne Sellier, Justine E. Cordingley, Daniel I. Rubenstein

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

12 Scopus citations


We describe a fight between two female plains zebra (Equus burchelli). Plains zebra are ungulates with stable social groups known as harems. Female aggression rarely escalates to the level we observed. The fight immediately followed the birth of a foal to one of the females. The initiating female repeatedly kicked and bit the mother, who reacted aggressively and by guarding her foal. We present hypotheses on the causes underlying this rare event.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)201-205
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Ethology
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2010

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics
  • Animal Science and Zoology


  • Abnormal behavior
  • Agonistic behavior
  • Equidae
  • Equus burchelli
  • Female-female aggression
  • Infanticide
  • Parturition
  • Ungulates


Dive into the research topics of 'A rare fight in female plains zebra'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this