Data from: Influence of haemosporidian infection status on structural and carotenoid‐based colouration in the blue tit (Cyanistes caeruleus)

Katarzyna Janas, Edyta Podmokła, Dorota Lutyk, Anna Dubiec, Lars Gustafsson, Mariusz Cichoń & Szymon Drobniak
Hypotheses postulating parasite-mediated mate choice intrinsically assume that parasitic infections deteriorate the quality of male ornamentation. Although this assumption has often been studied in the context of carotenoid-based colouration, only few studies investigated this with reference to structural feather colouration, which in many species plays a vital role in sexual selection. Here, using a three-years dataset from a wild blue tit (Cyanistes caeruleus) population, we examined the relationship between the haemosporidian infection status and the...
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