Data from: White plumage color as an honest indicator: feather macrostructure links reflectance with reproductive effort and success

Miklós Laczi, Mónika Jablonszky, Gábor Markó, Gergely Nagy, Gyula Szabó, Sándor Zsebők, János Török & Gergely Hegyi
The structural condition of feathers may generally have a decisive role in shaping the color properties of the plumage. However, the information content of structurally mediated color differences is poorly known. This makes it particularly hard to determine the meaning of color variation in pigment-free white plumage patches. The white wing patch of the collared flycatcher (Ficedula albicollis) is an important sexual trait, and changes in its reflectance are partly due to macrostructural condition. We...
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