Data from: Bacteria and the evolution of honest signals. The case of ornamental throat feathers in spotless starlings

Magdalena Ruiz-Rodriguez, Gustavo Tomás, David Martín-Gálvez, Cristina Ruiz-Castellano & Juan Soler
1.Mechanisms guaranteeing reliability of messages are essential in understanding the underlying information and evolution of signals. Microorganisms may degrade signalling traits and therefore, influence the transmitted information and evolution of these characters. The role of microorganisms in animal signalling has, however, rarely been investigated. 2.Here, we explore a possible role for feather-degrading bacteria driving the design of ornamental throat feathers in male spotless starlings (Sturnus unicolor). We estimated length, bacterial load, degradation status, and susceptibility...
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