Plumage color as a composite trait: developmental and functional integration of sexual ornamentation.

@article{Badyaev2001PlumageCA,
  title={Plumage color as a composite trait: developmental and functional integration of sexual ornamentation.},
  author={Alexander V Badyaev and Geoffrey R Hill and Peter O. Dunn and John Glen},
  journal={The American naturalist},
  year={2001},
  volume={158 3},
  pages={
          221-35
        }
}
Most studies of condition-dependent sexual ornaments have treated such ornaments as single traits. However, sexual ornaments are often composites of several components, each produced by partially independent developmental pathways. Depending on environmental and individual condition, components of these ornaments may reflect different behavioral or physiological properties of an individual. One of the best-known, condition-dependent ornaments is carotenoid-based plumage coloration, which has at… CONTINUE READING

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