Mating systems, parasites and plumage dimorphism in waterfowl

Abstract

Despite a tendency for males of polygynous bird species to show bright or elaborate plumage, comparative analyses have failed to show any consistent relationship between male brightness or plumage dimorphism and the form of breeding systems. Here we argue that this may be partly because the opportunity for sexual selection varies between species showing… (More)
DOI: 10.1007/BF00178319

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