A Red Bird in a Brown Bag: The Function and Evolution of Colorful Plumage in the House Finch - Oxford Ornithology Series (Hardback)
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A Red Bird in a Brown Bag: The Function and Evolution of Colorful Plumage in the House Finch - Oxford Ornithology Series (Hardback)

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Hardback 332 Pages / Published: 17/10/2002
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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.

Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc
ISBN: 9780195148480
Number of pages: 332
Weight: 595 g
Dimensions: 242 x 161 x 21 mm


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Hill's book is, thus far, probably the most complete study of the function and control of plumage pigmentation in a single bird species. It was an easy read because of Hill's ability to write clearly and creatively, and to present ideas in a logical order. * Bird Study *
Geoff Hill shows just how valuable it is to tackle a topic from many directions and to stick at it: new research avenues always emerge ... in this book you will find him fairly open-minded and receptive to a multifactorial explanation. A very good read. * Ibis *

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