Bower quality, number of decorations and mating success of male satin bowerbirds (Ptilonorhynchus violaceus): an experimental analysis

@article{Borgia1985BowerQN,
  title={Bower quality, number of decorations and mating success of male satin bowerbirds (Ptilonorhynchus violaceus): an experimental analysis},
  author={Gerald Borgia},
  journal={Animal Behaviour},
  year={1985},
  volume={33},
  pages={266-271}
}
  • G. Borgia
  • Published 1 February 1985
  • Environmental Science
  • Animal Behaviour
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