Biliverdin- and protoporphyrin-based eggshell pigmentation in relation to antioxidant supplementation, female characteristics and egg traits in the canary (Serinus canaria)

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Avian eggs exhibit a large variability in coloration and patterns, which are produced by blue-green biliverdin and red-brown protoporphyrin pigments. Several hypotheses have been proposed to explain the function of eggshell coloration. In this experimental study, we tested two hypotheses (signalling-function hypothesis and structural-function hypothesis) on… (More)
DOI: 10.1007/s00265-016-2214-z

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@article{Hargitai2016BiliverdinAP, title={Biliverdin- and protoporphyrin-based eggshell pigmentation in relation to antioxidant supplementation, female characteristics and egg traits in the canary (Serinus canaria)}, author={Rita Hargitai and N{\'o}ra Boross and Zolt{\'a}n Nyiri and Zsuzsanna Eke}, journal={Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology}, year={2016}, volume={70}, pages={2093-2110} }