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Melanistic Adult Male Northern Harrier Wintering in Idaho

  title={Melanistic Adult Male Northern Harrier Wintering in Idaho},
  author={Robert A. Miller and Neil A. Paprocki and Elizabeth H. Urban},
Melanism (dark coloration) is a condition resulting from a greater than normal expression of the eumelanin pigments in the plumage (Gill 1990). The dark coloration can be advantageous to raptors by increasing the feathers’ resistance to bacterial degradation (Goldstein et al. 2004). conversely, abnormally dark pigmentation can reduce success in pairing by disguising key species-identification cues (Garcia 2003) and decrease lifetime reproductive success by increasing mortality (kruger and… 

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