No evidence for an adaptive role of early molt into breeding plumage in a female fairy-wren

Sergio Nolazco, Michelle L. Hall, Sjouke A. Kingma, Kaspar Delhey & Anne Peters
The evolution of ornaments as sexually selected signals is well understood in males, but female ornamentation remains understudied. Fairy-wrens offer an excellent model system, given their complex social structure and mating systems, and the diversity of female ornamentation. We investigated whether early molt into ornamental breeding plumage plays an adaptive role in females of the monogamous purple-crowned fairy-wren Malurus coronatus, the only fairy-wren known to have female seasonal plumage. Using six years of monitoring, we...
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