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A Red Bird in a Brown BagThe Function and Evolution of Colorful Plumage in the House Finch$
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Geoffrey E. Hill

Print publication date: 2002

Print ISBN-13: 9780195148480

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195148480.001.0001

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Fine Fathers and Good Genes

Fine Fathers and Good Genes

The Direct and Indirect Benefits of Female Choice

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(p.153) Chapter 7 Fine Fathers and Good Genes
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A Red Bird in a Brown Bag
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Geoffrey E. Hill

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195148480.003.0007

There are two potential payoffs for a female who mates with a highly ornamented male: resources for herself and her offspring and good genes for offspring. Male House Finches with brighter plumage coloration feed incubating females and chicks in their nests more than drabber males. Some indirect evidence also supports the hypothesis that female gain good genes by pairing with highly ornamented males but this idea remains to be fully tested.

Keywords:   mate choice, benefits, incubation feeding, nestling provisioning, paternal investment, good genes

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