Plumage variation and dominance in captive female red-winged blackbirds

K. E. Muma, P. J. Weatherhead

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No correlation was found in Agelaius phoeniceus between natural plumage variation (brightness of epaulette or chin plumage) and dominance in control groups, although dominant females were heavier and in better condition. Brightening an individual's plumage had no consistent effect on dominance status. -from Authors

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)49-54
Number of pages6
JournalCanadian journal of zoology
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1991
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics
  • Animal Science and Zoology


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