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1 December 2010 Mating Advantage of Multiple Male Ornaments in the Barn Swallow Hirundo Rustica Gutturalis
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The maintenance of multiple ornaments by animals can be explained when those multiple ornaments are sexually selected. However, there have been only a few studies of sexual selection on multiple ornaments. We investigated sexual selection on two ornaments, plumage coloration and white spots in the tail, in a population of Barn Swallows Hirundo rustica gutturalis in Japan. There was sexual dimorphism in throat coloration and in the size of the white spots in the tail. Males with a less saturated (colourful) throat and larger white spots in the tail bred earlier than others, indicating a mating advantage for these males. These trends are what would be expected if these ornaments were indeed sexually selected.

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Masaru Hasegawa, Emi Arai, Mamoru Watanabe, and Masahiko Nakamura "Mating Advantage of Multiple Male Ornaments in the Barn Swallow Hirundo Rustica Gutturalis," Ornithological Science 9(2), (1 December 2010). https://doi.org/10.2326/osj.9.141
Received: 3 August 2010; Accepted: 1 October 2010; Published: 1 December 2010
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