Absence of status signalling by structurally based ultraviolet plumage in wintering blue tits (Cyanistes caeruleus)

@article{Korsten2007AbsenceOS,
  title={Absence of status signalling by structurally based ultraviolet plumage in wintering blue tits (Cyanistes caeruleus)},
  author={Peter Korsten and Oscar Vedder and Istv{\'a}n Szentirmai and Jan Komdeur},
  journal={Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology},
  year={2007},
  volume={61},
  pages={1933-1943}
}
Structurally based ultraviolet (UV)-reflective plumage parts can be important cues in mate choice. However, it remains largely unknown if UV plumage variation can also function as a signal of social status during competitive interactions. In blue tits (Cyanistes caeruleus), the UV-reflective crown plumage functions as a female mate choice cue that probably indicates male quality, as males with higher UV reflectance have been shown to have better chances of over-winter survival. Possibly, the UV… CONTINUE READING
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