Chapter

Darwin Vindicated

Geoffrey E. Hill

in A Red Bird in a Brown Bag

Published in print October 2002 | ISBN: 9780195148480
Published online April 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780199893683 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195148480.003.0006

Series: Oxford Ornithology Series

Darwin Vindicated

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Female mating preferences for highly ornamented males are central to Darwin's theory of sexual selection. Mate-choice experiments with House Finches, both the laboratory and in the field, showed conclusively that female House Finches preferred to mate with males with redder and brighter feathers. By having redder than average feathers, males are able to pair with older, more experienced females who nest earlier and produce more offspring.

Keywords: sexual selection; mate choice; Darwin; control; nest initiation date; reproductive success

Chapter.  10447 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Vertebrates

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