Female choice selects for extreme tail length in a widowbird

@article{Andersson1982FemaleCS,
  title={Female choice selects for extreme tail length in a widowbird},
  author={Malte Andersson},
  journal={Nature},
  year={1982},
  volume={299},
  pages={818-820}
}
Darwin's1 hypothesis that male secondary sexual ornaments evolve through female preferences is theoretically plausible2–7, but there is little experimental field evidence that such preferences exist8–10. I have studied female choice in relation to male tail length in the long-tailed widowbird, Euplectes progne, and report here that males in which the tail was experimentally elongated showed higher mating success than males having normal or reduced tails. The possibility that intrasexual… CONTINUE READING
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