Chapter

The Feeling’s Mutual

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/9780195148480.003.0009

Series: Oxford Ornithology Series

The Feeling’s Mutual

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House Finches are sexually dichromatic, meaning the males have bright colors and females are drab. Some females, however, have some carotenoid coloration and female color shows the same environmental control and functions as male coloration. Pigment access, parasites, and nutrition affect female color, and males respond to female coloration during mate choice. Comparisons among finches related to House Finches indicate that red female coloration is not simply a correlated trait responding to selection on males.

Keywords: sexual dichromatism; female coloration; male mate choice; maternal care

Chapter.  9493 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Vertebrates

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