Plumage variability and territoriality in breeding turnstone Arenaria interpres: status signalling or individual recognition?

  title={Plumage variability and territoriality in breeding turnstone Arenaria interpres: status signalling or individual recognition?},
  author={D. Philip Whitfield},
  journal={Animal Behaviour},

Male badge size is related to clutch volume in the Kentish Plover

The significance of male breast band size for breeding in the Kentish Plover (Charadrius alexandrinus), a small ground-nesting shorebird, is investigated.

Plumage coloration and conspicuousness in birds : Experiments with the pied flycatcher

The results support the intuitive but previously untested hypothesis that a bright and contrasting coloration makes birds more conspicuous to conspecifics.

Plumage coloration as a signal of social status

Evidence from more than 50 papers on the so-called status signaling hypothesis has been mixed and interpretation of the hypothesis remains controversial, but there is agreement that the system may better fit agonistic encounters between strangers, and whenever asymmetries such as prior ownership or differential hunger level are not present.

Individuality, kin similarity and experimental playback of contact calls in cooperatively breeding riflemen

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The throat badge as a status signal in juvenile male willow titsParus montanus

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Nonrandom pairing by male barn owls (Tyto alba) with respect to a female plumage trait

The prediction that male barn owls do not pair randomly with respect to female plumage spottiness during a 5-year study in Switzerland is examined, and it is suggested that female Plumage Spottiness is a stimulus for males.

Plumage variability functions for status signalling in least auklets

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Status signalling in harris sparrows: Experimental deceptions achieved

Specific Distinctiveness in the Communication Signals of Birds

Releasers selected for moderate specific distinctiveness, with both intra- and inter-specific functions, diverge at a relatively slow rate, are of little use in specific diagnosis, but are valuable for classifying genera and families.

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