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Sexy birds are superior at solving a foraging problem.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  21450725     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Abstract/OtherAbstract:
Yellow, red or orange carotenoid-based colorations in male birds are often a signal to prospecting females about body condition, health status and ability to find food. However, this general 'ability to find food' has never been defined. Here we show that more brightly ornamented individuals may also be more efficient when foraging in novel situations. The results highlight the fact that evolution may have provided females tools to evaluate cognitive abilities of the males.
Authors:
Fernando Mateos-Gonzalez; Javier Quesada; Juan Carlos Senar
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't     Date:  2011-03-30
Journal Detail:
Title:  Biology letters     Volume:  7     ISSN:  1744-957X     ISO Abbreviation:  Biol. Lett.     Publication Date:  2011 Oct 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2011-09-13     Completed Date:  2011-12-22     Revised Date:  2013-06-30    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  101247722     Medline TA:  Biol Lett     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  668-9     Citation Subset:  IM    
Affiliation:
Behavioural and Evolutionary Ecology Research Unit (CSIC), Natural History Museum of Barcelona, 08003 Barcelona, Spain. fernandomateos@gmail.com
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MeSH Terms
Descriptor/Qualifier:
Animals
Birds / physiology*
Color
Feeding Behavior*
Female
Male
Problem Solving*
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