Mutual mate choice and assortative mating in relation to a carotenoid-based color trait in blue tits

Samuel Caro, Léo Pierre, Matthieu Berges, Raldi Bakker, Claire Doutrelant & Francesco Bonadonna
Choosing an appropriate partner is a critical decision for many animal species. However, many mechanisms involved in mate choice are still poorly understood. Do both males and females choose their sexual partners, do both sexes use the same criteria for choosing, and do their own phenotype influence the choices they make, are questions that need further investigation. Over two successive experiments conducted in captivity with hand-reared blue tits (Cyanistes caeruleus), we manipulated the color of...
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