Testing the function of petal-carrying in the Red-backed Fairy-wren (Malurus melanocephalus)

  title={Testing the function of petal-carrying in the Red-backed Fairy-wren (Malurus melanocephalus)},
  author={Jordan Karubian and Alvaro Mart{\'i} Ramos Alvarado},
In most species of fairy-wren (Malurus spp.), males are known to carry brightly coloured petals and display them to conspecifics. Although petal-carrying by males is often considered an inter-sexual courtship display, anecdotal observations suggest that it may also serve an intra-sexual aggressive function. In this study, we tested hypotheses for the function of petal-carrying displays in the Red-backed Fairy-wren (Malurus melanocephalus) through behavioural observations and aviary-based… CONTINUE READING

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