Female choice, parasite load and male ornamentation in wild turkeys

@article{Buchholz1995FemaleCP,
  title={Female choice, parasite load and male ornamentation in wild turkeys},
  author={R. Buchholz},
  journal={Animal Behaviour},
  year={1995},
  volume={50},
  pages={929-943}
}
Wild turkeys, Meleagris gallopavo, exhibit a particularly striking array of ornamental characters, including a bare, brightly coloured head covered with bumpy caruncles and a distensible snood, a black hair-like beard, tarsal spurs and a large fanned tail. These characters are hypothesized to be maintained by female choice. Good genes models of female choice propose that these ornaments serve as indicators of the bearer's heritable ability to resist parasites, maximize fat deposition or attain… Expand
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