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In the eye of the beholder: Visual mate choice lateralization in a polymorphic songbird

Templeton, Jennifer J.; Mountjoy, D. James; Pryke, Sarah; Griffith, Simon C.

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Birds choose mates on the basis of colour, song and body size, but little is known about the mechanisms underlying these mating decisions. Reports that zebra finches prefer to view mates with the right eye during courtship, and that immediate early gene expression associated with courtship behaviour is lateralized in their left hemisphere suggest that visual mate choice itself may be lateralized. To test this hypothesis, we used the Gouldian finch, a polymorphic species in which individuals...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2012
Type: Journal article
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1885/78347
Source: Biology Letters
DOI: 10.1098/rsbl.2012.0830

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