The dual function of barred plumage in birds: camouflage and communication.

@article{Gluckman2010TheDF,
  title={The dual function of barred plumage in birds: camouflage and communication.},
  author={Tracy L Gluckman and Gonçalo C Cardoso},
  journal={Journal of evolutionary biology},
  year={2010},
  volume={23 11},
  pages={2501-6}
}
A commonly held principle in visual ecology is that communication compromises camouflage: while visual signals are often conspicuous, camouflage provides concealment. However, some traits may have evolved for communication and camouflage simultaneously, thereby overcoming this functional compromise. Visual patterns generally provide camouflage, but it was suggested that a particular type of visual pattern – avian barred plumage – could also be a signal of individual quality. Here, we test if… CONTINUE READING
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