Male coloration reveals different components of immunocompetence in ostriches, Struthio camelus

@article{Bonato2009MaleCR,
  title={Male coloration reveals different components of immunocompetence in ostriches, Struthio camelus},
  author={Maud Bonato and Matthew R. Evans and Dennis Hasselquist and Michael I. Cherry},
  journal={Animal Behaviour},
  year={2009},
  volume={77},
  pages={1033-1039}
}
It has been suggested that secondary sexual ornamentation signals male ability to resist infections, as only high-quality individuals are able to invest both in high immune defence and elaborate ornament expression. Such ornaments could thus serve as indicators of male quality and could be used by females in choosing mates. Ostriches are sexually dimorphic with regard to coloration of their feathers, bill, neck and legs, and have a promiscuous mating system, with a high degree of reproductive… CONTINUE READING

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