Data from: Birdsong signals individual diversity at the major histocompatibility complex

Joel W.G. Slade, Matthew J. Watson, Elizabeth A. MacDougall-Shackleton & J. W. G. Slade
The major histocompatibility complex (MHC) plays a key role in vertebrate immunity, and pathogen-mediated selection often favours certain allelic combinations. Assessing potential mates' MHC profiles may provide receivers with genetic benefits (identifying MHC-compatible mates and producing optimally diverse offspring) and/or material benefits (identifying optimally diverse mates capable of high parental investment). Oscine songbirds learn songs during early life, such that song repertoire content can reflect population of origin while song complexity can reflect early life...
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