Is the ultraviolet waveband a special communication channel in avian mate choice?

@article{Hunt2001IsTU,
  title={Is the ultraviolet waveband a special communication channel in avian mate choice?},
  author={Sarah Hunt and Innes C. Cuthill and Andrew T. D. Bennett and Stuart C. Church and Julian C. Partridge},
  journal={The Journal of experimental biology},
  year={2001},
  volume={204 Pt 14},
  pages={2499-507}
}
There is growing evidence that ultraviolet (UV) wavelengths play an important role in avian mate choice. One of the first experiments to support this idea showed that female zebra finches (Taeniopygia guttata) prefer UV-reflecting males to males whose ultraviolet reflection has been removed. The effect was very strong despite little or no UV reflection from several plumage areas. However, it is not clear how the importance of the UV waveband compares to other regions of the bird-visible… CONTINUE READING
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