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Habitat structure is linked to the evolution of plumage colour in female, but not male, fairy-wrens

Medina, Iliana; Delhey, Kaspar; Peters, Anne; Cain, Kristal; Hall, Michelle; Mulder, Raoul; Langmore, Naomi

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Background Both natural and sexual selection may drive the evolution of plumage colouration in birds. This can lead to great variation in plumage not only across species, but also between sexes within species. Australasian fairy-wrens are famous for their brightly coloured males, which exhibit colours ranging from bright blue to red and black. Female plumage in fairy wrens (and in general) has been rarely studied, but it can also be highly variable, including both bright and cryptic plumages....[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2017
Type: Journal article
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1885/238473
Source: BMC Evolutionary Biology
DOI: 10.1186/s12862-016-0861-3
Access Rights: Open Access

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