Mutual Mate Choice for Colorful Traits in King Penguins

  title={Mutual Mate Choice for Colorful Traits in King Penguins},
  author={Paul M. Nolan and F. Stephen Dobson and Marion Nicolaus and Tim J. Karels and Kevin J. McGraw and Pierre JouventinP. Jouventin},
While studies of mate choice based on male color pattern are ubiquitous, studies of mate choice based on ornamental color traits in sexually monomorphic species are less common. We conducted manipulative field experiments on two color ornaments of king penguins (Aptenodytes patagonicus), the size of auricular patches of orange feathers and degree of UV reflectance from beak spots, to determine how the degree of ornamentation influenced pairing rate. In a reduction of auricular patch size… 

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