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Conspicuous plumage does not increase predation risk: A continent-wide test using model songbirds

Cain, Kristal; Hall, Michelle; Medina, Iliana; Leitao, Ana V.; Delhey, Kaspar; Brouwer, Lyanne; Peters, Anne; Pruett-Jones, Stephen; Webster, Michael S.; Langmore, Naomi; Mulder, Raoul


The forces shaping female plumage color have long been debated but remain unresolved. Females may benefit from conspicuous colors but are also expected to suffer costs. Predation is one potential cost, but few studies have explicitly investigated the relationship between predation risk and coloration. The fairy-wrens show pronounced variation in female coloration and reside in a wide variety of habitats across Australasia. Species with more conspicuous females are found in denser habitats,...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2019-01-23
Type: Journal article
Source: The American Naturalist
DOI: 10.1086/701632
Access Rights: Open Access


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