Robin’s egg blue: does egg color influence male parental care?

  title={Robin’s egg blue: does egg color influence male parental care?},
  author={Philina A English and Robert Montgomerie},
  journal={Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology},
A recent hypothesis suggests that birds’ blue-green egg colors may be a sexually selected signal of female (and potentially nestling) quality that males use to make parental investment decisions. While there is some empirical support for this idea, both theory and observations question its validity. To test this hypothesis experimentally, we examined the influence of egg color on male American robin Turdus migratorius behavior by replacing natural clutches with four artificial eggs that were… CONTINUE READING

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