Fine Fathers and Good Genes

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:

Series: Oxford Ornithology Series

Fine Fathers and Good Genes

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There are two potential payoffs for a female who mates with a highly ornamented male: resources for herself and her offspring and good genes for offspring. Male House Finches with brighter plumage coloration feed incubating females and chicks in their nests more than drabber males. Some indirect evidence also supports the hypothesis that female gain good genes by pairing with highly ornamented males but this idea remains to be fully tested.

Keywords: mate choice; benefits; incubation feeding; nestling provisioning; paternal investment; good genes

Chapter.  7499 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Vertebrates

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