Haemosporidian parasites and incubation period influence plumage coloration in tanagers (Passeriformes: Thraupidae)

Victor Aguiar De Souza Penha, Fabricius Maia, Alan Fecchio, Jeffrey Bell, Jason Weckstein, Robert Ricklefs, Erika Martins Braga, Patrícia De Abreu Moreira, Leticia Soares, Steven Latta, Graziela Tolesano-Pascoli, Renata Alquezar, Kleber Del Claro & Lilian Manica
Birds are visually oriented and use their plumage coloration as an important signaling trait in social communication. Males and females may have different patterns of plumage coloration, a phenomenon known as sexual dichromatism. Because males tend to have more complex plumages, sexual dichromatism is usually attributed to female choice. However, plumage coloration is partly condition-dependent, therefore other selective pressures affecting individuals’ success may also drive the evolution of this trait. Here we used tanagers to...
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