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Badge Size and Arrival Time Predict Mating Success of Red-Breasted Flycatcher Ficedula parva Males.
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PMID:  23215969     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Data-Review    
Older red-breasted flycatcher males (after the second year) have an orange patch on the throat and breast. To date, the occurrence of this ornament has been explained in terms of male-male interactions. In this paper, we show that badge size also influences the mating success of red-breasted-flycatcher males. In addition to the size of the ornament, arrival time was a second factor related to the males' mating success, but no effects of body parameters such as wing length, tarsus length, and body mass were observed. Mated males arrived significantly earlier than unmated ones. The arrival time of males was negatively correlated to body mass and positively correlated to tarsus length but no relation to wing length or badge size was observed. No correlations between badge size and body parameters were observed. This ornament was evolved through sexual selection, with both male-male interaction and selection pressure arising from female preference for males with larger badges.
Cezary Mitrus; Joanna Mitrus; Magdalena Sikora
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Zoological science     Volume:  29     ISSN:  0289-0003     ISO Abbreviation:  Zool. Sci.     Publication Date:  2012 Dec 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-12-11     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8702287     Medline TA:  Zoolog Sci     Country:  Japan    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  795-9     Citation Subset:  IM    
1 Department of Zoology, Rzeszów University, Zelwerowicza 4, 35-601 Rzeszów, Poland.
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