Evolution of female colors in birds: The role of female cost of reproduction and paternal care

Amélie Fargevieille, Arnaud Grégoire, Doris Gomez & Claire Doutrelant
Female ornamentation is frequently observed in animal species and is sometimes found as more evolutionarily labile than male ornamentation. A complex array of factors may explain its presence and variation. Here we assessed the role of female cost of reproduction and paternal care. Both factors have been pinpointed as important by theoretical studies but have not been investigated yet in detail at the interspecific level. We worked on 133 species of North temperate Passeriformes bird...
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