The evolution of pattern camouflage strategies in waterfowl and game birds

  title={The evolution of pattern camouflage strategies in waterfowl and game birds},
  author={Kate L. A. Marshall and Thanh-Lan Gluckman},
  booktitle={Ecology and evolution},
Visual patterns are common in animals. A broad survey of the literature has revealed that different patterns have distinct functions. Irregular patterns (e.g., stipples) typically function in static camouflage, whereas regular patterns (e.g., stripes) have a dual function in both motion camouflage and communication. Moreover, irregular and regular patterns located on different body regions ("bimodal" patterning) can provide an effective compromise between camouflage and communication and/or… CONTINUE READING
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