Data from: Females mate with males with diminished pheomelanin-based coloration in the Eurasian nuthatch Sitta europaea

Ismael Galván & Sol Rodríguez-Martínez
Sexual selection can drive the evolution of phenotypic traits because of female preferences for exaggerated trait expression in males. Sexual selection can also lead to the evolutionary loss of traits, a process to which female preferences for diminished male trait expression are hypothesized to contribute. However, empirical evidence of female preferences for diminished male traits is virtually lacking. Eurasian nuthatches Sitta europaea provide an opportunity to test this possibility, as a chestnut flank patch produced...
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