Red Bird in a Brown Bag by Geoffrey E. Hill
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Red Bird in a Brown Bag
By Geoffrey E. Hill

A Red Bird in a Brown Bag

The Function and Evolution of Colorful Plumage in the House Finch

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Red Bird in a Brown Bag by Geoffrey E. Hill

Book Description

This is an account of studies of the function and evolution of colorful plumage in the House Finch. It is also an engaging study on the evolution of sexual selection in birds and a lively portrait of the challenges and constraints of experimental design facing any field investigator working with animal behavior. Part I sets the stage for modern studies of the function of plumage coloration with a review of the nineteenth and beginning of the twentieth centuries. Part II focuses on the proximate control and present function of plumage coloration. Part III takes a more explicitly evolutionary approach to the study of plumage coloration using biogeography and phylogeny to test hypotheses for why specific forms of plumage color display have evolved. It concludes with an account of comparative studies that have been conducted in the House Finch and other cardueline finches and the insight these studies have provided on the evolution of carotenoid-based ornamental coloration.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780195148480
ISBN-10: 0195148487
Format: Hardback
(242mm x 161mm x 21mm)
Pages: 336
Imprint: Oxford University Press Inc
Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc
Publish Date: 1-Oct-2002
Country of Publication: United States

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