Juan Antonio Fargallo

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1. Sex differences in testosterone levels and sex-biased sensitivity to testosterone are the basis of some ideas postulated to account for sex-linked environmental vulnerability during early life. However, sex variation in circulating testosterone levels has been scarcely explored and never manipulated at post-natal stages of birds in the wild. 2. We(More)
We describe the blood and intestinal parasites in the Ocellated lizard, Lacerta lepida, examining the factors that determine the prevalence and intensity of infection of haemogregarines, and the prevalence of coccidia and nematodes. In relation to haemogregarines, no juveniles were detected as being infected, whereas 71.7 % of adults were infected. The(More)
Melanin pigments are responsible for most non-structural brown, black and grey colouration in animals. The extent to which melanin-based colouration in birds is genetically or environmentally determined has been subject to controversy. One reason for this it is paucity of empirical data on the role of key environmental factors, such as food availability, on(More)
How colouration provides information about individuals in birds has been a central issue in recent decades. Although much information has been derived, little is known about the adaptive significance of egg colouration in birds. A recent idea suggests that biliverdin- and porphyrin-pigmented eggs may act as a post-mating sexual signal for males to assess(More)
This article documents the addition of 512 microsatellite marker loci and nine pairs of Single Nucleotide Polymorphism (SNP) sequencing primers to the Molecular Ecology Resources Database. Loci were developed for the following species: Alcippe morrisonia morrisonia, Bashania fangiana, Bashania fargesii, Chaetodon vagabundus, Colletes floralis, Coluber(More)
1. Offspring sex ratio may be an unpredictable component of life history that might select for behavioural plasticity in parental care. If the parents do not have such plasticity and the two sexes of offspring differ in size, individuals in a brood or litter biased towards the larger sex offspring may suffer from food shortage. Sibling sex ratio could also(More)
Laying date and clutch size in a population of the Blue Tit were evaluated during five years in a montane deciduous oak forest central Spain. By comparison with other Mediterranean and non-Mediterranean Blue Tit populations in the same habitat type of the Palearctic region, we found a similar timing of breeding than in central and North European(More)
Health status and immunocompetence have been proposed as important factors affecting individual variation in the attainment of breeding condition in birds. We studied individual variation in serological variables indicating health status (blood sedimentation rate, haematocrit, `buffy coat' layer, proportions of different types of leucocytes) in two groups(More)
Juan A. Fargallo, Vicente Polo, Liesbeth de Neve, José Martı́n, José A. Dávila, and Manuel Soler Departamento de Ecologı́a Evolutiva, Museo Nacional de Ciencias Naturales, Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Cientı́ficas, José Gutiérrez Abascal 2, 28006 Madrid, Spain, Instituto de Investigación en Recursos Cinegéticos, Consejo Superior de Investigaciones(More)
We report an observational study of aggressive behaviour by adults during the post-guard phase in the chinstrap penguin. The study was carried out in one subcolony where all the individuals (breeders, chicks and failed breeders) were banded, as well as in nine other subcolonies where individuals were not identifiable. Breeding adults were more aggressive(More)