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Manakins can produce iridescent and bright feather colours without melanosomes

Igic, Branislav; D'Alba, Liliana; Shawkey, Matthew D.


Males of many species often use colourful and conspicuous ornaments to attract females. Among these, male manakins (family: Pipridae) provide classic examples of sexual selection favouring the evolution of bright and colourful plumage coloration. The highly iridescent feather colours of birds are most commonly produced by the periodic arrangement of melanin-containing organelles (melanosomes) within barbules. Melanin increases the saturation of iridescent colours seen from optimal viewing...[Show more]

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Date published: 2016
Type: Journal article
Source: Journal of Experimental Biology
DOI: 10.1242/jeb.137182
Access Rights: Open Access


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