Male spotted bowerbirds preferentially choose, arrange and proffer objects that are good predictors of mating success

@article{Madden2003MaleSB,
  title={Male spotted bowerbirds preferentially choose, arrange and proffer objects that are good predictors of mating success},
  author={Joah Robert Madden},
  journal={Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology},
  year={2003},
  volume={53},
  pages={263-268}
}
  • J. Madden
  • Published 18 February 2003
  • Environmental Science
  • Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology
Females from a wide range of species have been shown to prefer males producing exaggerated, elaborate sexual displays. The question of whether males can adapt their behaviour in order to accentuate these preferred aspects has received less attention. Male bowerbirds provide an excellent system in which to address this question. Males build and decorate structures—bowers—which females use to assess males. Males exhibiting high numbers of particular decorations on their bowers receive increased… 
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  • Environmental Science
    Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology
  • 2003
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It is shown that numbers of certain decorations correlate with the mating success of the bower owner, and numbers of Solanum berries used as decorations, accurately predict variation in mating success over 2 years.
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Bower decorations are good predictors of mating success in the spotted bowerbird
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