Data from: Juvenile plumage whiteness is associated with the evolution of clutch size in passerines

Judith Morales, Jose Javier Cuervo, Juan Moreno & Juan José Soler
The offspring of many animals are conspicuous during parental dependence, despite juveniles generally suffering from high predation risk. However, to date, it is unclear whether offspring structural ornaments play a role in intra-family communication. This is the case of conspicuous plumage in young birds, which is worn unchanged during a long period after fledging, when they still depend on their parents. If plumage color facilitates intra-family interactions, its role should be more important in large-brooded...
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