Adaptive Significance of Seabird Coloration: The Case of Procellariiforms

  title={Adaptive Significance of Seabird Coloration: The Case of Procellariiforms},
  author={Vincent Bretagnolle},
  journal={The American Naturalist},
  pages={141 - 173}
  • V. Bretagnolle
  • Published 1 July 1993
  • Environmental Science
  • The American Naturalist
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