Modification of the visual background increases the conspicuousness of golden-collared manakin displays

  title={Modification of the visual background increases the conspicuousness of golden-collared manakin displays},
  author={J Albert C Uy and John A Endler},
Effective visual communication requires signals that are easy to detect, transmit, receive, and discriminate. Animals can increase the probability that their visual signals would be detected by evolving signals that contrast with their visual background. Animals can further enhance this contrast by behaviorally modifying the existing visual background. Male golden-collared manakins (Manacus vitellinus) clear leaf litter from the ground to form courts, which are used as display arenas. Using… CONTINUE READING
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