Data from: Biogeography predicts macro-evolutionary patterning of gestural display complexity in a passerine family

Meredith C. Miles, Samantha Cheng & Matthew J. Fuxjager
Gestural displays are incorporated into the signaling repertoire of numerous animal species. These displays range from complex signals that involve impressive and challenging maneuvers, to simpler displays or no gesture at all. The factors that drive this evolution remain largely unclear, and we therefore investigate this issue in New World blackbirds by testing how factors related to a species’ geographical distribution and social mating system predict macro-evolutionary patterns of display elaboration. We report that species...
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