The proximate basis of inter- and intra-population variation in female plumage coloration in the House Finch

@inproceedings{Hill1993ThePB,
  title={The proximate basis of inter- and intra-population variation in female plumage coloration in the House Finch},
  author={Geoffrey R Hill},
  year={1993}
}
As in many sexually dichromatic species in which males are brightly colored, female House Finches (Carpodacus mexicanus) show a subdued expression of the same coloration as males. I quantified the carotenoid plumage coloration of females from the subspecies C. m. frontalis in Michigan, New York, Hawaii Island, and two sites in California, and from the subspecies C. m. griscomi in Guerrero, Mexico. The proportion of females with detectable carotenoid pigmentation differed significantly among… CONTINUE READING

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