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The role of pigment based plumage traits in resolving conflicts

Young, Catherine; Cain, Kristal; Svedin, Nina; Backwell, Patricia; Pryke, Sarah


The role of melanin ‘badges of status’, in male–male competition has been well-studied, in contrast, carotenoid based plumage has largely been examined in the context of female mate choice. Recent work has shown that carotenoid signals can also function in male–male competition, although the functions of the two types of signals is currently unclear. Here, we examine the relationships between colouration, dominance and aggression in the crimson finch Neochmia phaeton, a species where males have...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2016
Type: Journal article
Source: Journal of Avian Biology
DOI: 10.1111/jav.00742


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