A Red Bird in a Brown Bag: The Function and Evolution of Colorful Plumage in the House Finch [NOOK Book]

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The House Finch is among the most mundane birds, so ubiquitous and familiar across the US and Canada that it does not rate a glance from most bird enthusiasts. But males have carotenoid-based plumage coloration that varies markedly among individuals, making the House Finch a model species for studies of the function and evolution of colorful plumage. In more depth and detail than has been attempted for any species of bird, Hill takes the reader on tour of the hows and whys of ornamental plumage coloration. Hill ...
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A Red Bird in a Brown Bag: The Function and Evolution of Colorful Plumage in the House Finch

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Overview

The House Finch is among the most mundane birds, so ubiquitous and familiar across the US and Canada that it does not rate a glance from most bird enthusiasts. But males have carotenoid-based plumage coloration that varies markedly among individuals, making the House Finch a model species for studies of the function and evolution of colorful plumage. In more depth and detail than has been attempted for any species of bird, Hill takes the reader on tour of the hows and whys of ornamental plumage coloration. Hill begins by reviewing the history of the study of colorful plumage, which began in earnest with the debates of Darwin and Wallace but which was largely forgotten by the middle of the twentieth century. He then documents the extensive plumage variation among males both within and between populations of House Finches, explores the mechanisms behind plumage variation, and looks at the fitness consequences of condition-dependent ornament display for both males and females. He concludes with an examination of the processes by which carotenoid-based ornamental coloration may have evolved. Through it all, Hill provides a personal view of the triumphs and hardships of field biology in the suburbs.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195348910
  • Publisher: NetLibrary, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/26/2002
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 6 MB

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Auburn University
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Table of Contents

Part 1. Prelude
1. Darwinism and Wallacism: A Brief Account of the Long History of the Study of Plumage Coloration
2. A Red Bird in a Brown Bag: An Introduction to the House Finch
3. In the Eye of the Beholder: Color Vision and the Quantification of Color
Part 2. The Proximate Control and Function of Red Plumage
4. You Are What You Eat: Plumage Pigments and Carotenoid Physiology
5. A Matter of Condition: The Effects of Environment on Plumage Coloration
6. Darwin Vindicated: Female Choice and Sexual Selection in the House Finch
7. Fine Fathers and Good Genes: The Direct and Indirect Benefits of Female Choice
8. Studs, Duds, and Studly Duds: Plumage Coloration, Hormones, and Dominance
9. The Feeling's Mutual: Female Plumage Coloration and Male Mate Choice
Part 3. Biogeography and the Evolution of Colorful Plumage
10. From the Halls of Montezuma, to the Shores of Tripoli (New York): Populations, Subspecies, and Geographic Variation in Ornamental Coloration
11. Why Red?: The Evolution of Color Display
12. Epilogue
Glossary
References
Index

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