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SnowbirdIntegrative Biology and Evolutionary Diversity in the Junco$
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Ellen D. "Ketterson and Jonathan W. Atwell

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780226330778

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2016

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226330808.001.0001

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Mate Choice in Dark-Eyed Juncos Using Visual, Acoustic, and Chemical Cues

Mate Choice in Dark-Eyed Juncos Using Visual, Acoustic, and Chemical Cues

(p.281) Chapter Twelve Mate Choice in Dark-Eyed Juncos Using Visual, Acoustic, and Chemical Cues

Danielle J. Whittaker

Nicole M. Gerlach

University of Chicago Press

In this chapter, we explore the traits used for mate recognition and assessment in the dark-eyed junco. Much research has focused on visual cues, in particular the plumage trait known as tail white, and less on acoustic cues like long-range and short-range song. We consider a third dimension of communication that is often completely overlooked when considering mate choice in birds: olfaction. We review what is known so far about the production, detection, and use of scents in courtship. Finally, we consider the various contexts of mate choice in a socially monogamous system, the limits of female mate choice, how mate choice can be assessed by experimental and observational means, and how it may affect sexual selection and population differentiation

Keywords:   mate choice, sexual selection, sexual signals, chemical signals, olfaction, plumage ornaments, extra-pair mating

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