Plumage Reflectance and the Objective Assessment of Avian Sexual Dichromatism

@article{Cuthill1999PlumageRA,
  title={Plumage Reflectance and the Objective Assessment of Avian Sexual Dichromatism},
  author={I. Cuthill and A. T. Bennett and J. Partridge and E. Maier},
  journal={The American Naturalist},
  year={1999},
  volume={153},
  pages={183 - 200}
}
  • I. Cuthill, A. T. Bennett, +1 author E. Maier
  • Published 1999
  • Biology, Medicine
  • The American Naturalist
  • Assessment of color using human vision (or standards based thereon) is central to tests of many evolutionary hypotheses. Yet fundamental differences in color vision between humans and other animals call this approach into question. Here we use techniques for objectively assessing color patterns that avoid reliance on species‐specific (e.g., human) perception. Reflectance spectra are the invariant features that we expect the animal's color cognition to have evolved to extract. We performed… CONTINUE READING
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