Female choice and the evolution of the conspicuous plumage coloration of monogamous male great tits

@article{Norris2004FemaleCA,
  title={Female choice and the evolution of the conspicuous plumage coloration of monogamous male great tits},
  author={Ken Norris},
  journal={Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology},
  year={2004},
  volume={26},
  pages={129-138}
}
  • K. Norris
  • Published 4 January 1990
  • Biology
  • Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology
SummaryThe conspicuous male plumage coloration of many avian species is often regarded as the result of sexual selection through female choice. In general terms such plumage characters may evolve in monogamous species if males bearing them pair with high quality females and so reproduce more successfully than males lacking the character. Male great tits have a conspicuous, central black breast stripe which varies in size between individuals. The stripe is also present in the female although it… 

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