Female Choice and Sexual Selection in the House Finch
Female mating preferences for highly ornamented males are central to Darwin's theory of sexual selection. Mate-choice experiments with House Finches, both the laboratory and in the field, showed conclusively that female House Finches preferred to mate with males with redder and brighter feathers. By having redder than average feathers, males are able to pair with older, more experienced females who nest earlier and produce more offspring.
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