publication . Article . 2004

Ultraviolet reflectance affects male-male interactions in the blue tit (Parus caeruleus ultramarinus)

Carlos Alonso-Alvarez; Claire Doutrelant; Gabriele Sorci;
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  • Published: 01 Jan 2004 Journal: Behavioral Ecology, volume 15, pages 805-809 (issn: 1045-2249, eissn: 1465-7279, Copyright policy)
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press (OUP)
Abstract
Several animal species have been shown to use phenotypic traits to assess the competitive ability of opponents and adjust their aggressiveness depending on the likelihood to win the contest. In birds, these phenotypic traits usually involve patches of colored feathers. The benefit to harbor honest signals of male quality is the avoidance of wasteful aggressive interactions. Recent work has shown that ultraviolet (UV) plumage reflectance is an important signal used by females during mate choice. Surprisingly, however, the role of UV signaling on intrasexual selection has been neglected. In the present study, we aimed to test whether UV reflectance of crown feathe...
Subjects
free text keywords: animal contests; male-male competition; sexual selection; sexual signals, Ecology, Botany, Plumage, Reflectivity, Phenotypic trait, Ultraviolet, medicine.disease_cause, medicine, Parus caeruleus, Mate choice, Sexual selection, Feather, visual_art.visual_art_medium, visual_art, Biology
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publication . Article . 2004

Ultraviolet reflectance affects male-male interactions in the blue tit (Parus caeruleus ultramarinus)

Carlos Alonso-Alvarez; Claire Doutrelant; Gabriele Sorci;