The ornament–condition relationship varies with parasite abundance at population level in a female bird

@article{Vergara2011TheOR,
  title={The ornament–condition relationship varies with parasite abundance at population level in a female bird},
  author={P. Vergara and J. Mart{\'i}nez-Padilla and S. Redpath and F. Mougeot},
  journal={Naturwissenschaften},
  year={2011},
  volume={98},
  pages={897-902}
}
Environmental heterogeneity is expected to create variation in the ornament–condition relationship. This topic has been studied in males with less attention being given to females. Here, we explore inter-population variation in the relationship between the size of a male-like trait, supra-orbital combs, and body mass in female red grouse Lagopus lagopus scoticus. We used the abundance of the nematode Trichostrongylus tenuis, a parasite with strong negative effects on this species, as a proxy of… Expand
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