Responses to increased costs of activity during incubation in a songbird with female-only incubation: does feather colour signal coping ability?

@article{Matysiokov2010ResponsesTI,
  title={Responses to increased costs of activity during incubation in a songbird with female-only incubation: does feather colour signal coping ability?},
  author={Beata Matysiokov{\'a} and Vladim{\'i}r Reme{\vs}},
  journal={Journal of Ornithology},
  year={2010},
  volume={152},
  pages={337-346}
}
Individuals differ in their ability to cope with energetically demanding situations while caring for the current brood, and they can signal this ability by their colouration. We examined the impact of handicapping (clipping of wing and tail feathers) on an energetically demanding care behaviour (incubation) in female Great Tits (Parus major). We hypothesised that the intensity of carotenoid-based breast feather colouration signals the ability to cope with impaired flight ability and the… CONTINUE READING

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