Plumage color and reproduction in the red-backed fairywren : Why be a dull breeder ?

@inproceedings{Webster2008PlumageCA,
  title={Plumage color and reproduction in the red-backed fairywren : Why be a dull breeder ?},
  author={Michael S Webster and Claire W. Varian and Jordan Karubianb},
  year={2008}
}
Males of many species can breed in distinct alternative phenotypes; for example, in many birds some males breed in dull plumage while others breed in bright plumage. Because females often appear to prefer brighter males, it is unclear why some males breed in dull plumage. Males in dull plumage might enjoy enhanced within-pair reproductive success if they can gain access to better breeding territories, or they might have relatively high extrapair reproductive success if they are better able to… CONTINUE READING