Male pheomelanin pigmentation and breeding onset in Barn Swallows Hirundo rustica gutturalis


Plumage color is a composite trait and each component can provide information regarding individual quality. Melanin-based color is one of the most common plumage coloration in birds. This color comprises two types of melanin pigments: eumelanin (black pigment) and pheomelanin (yellow-reddish pigment), and it is affected by several post-molting processes… (More)
DOI: 10.1007/s10336-014-1140-y


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