The multiple signals assessed by female satin bowerbirds: could they be used to narrow down females' choices of mates?

Robson, T.E., Goldizen, A. W. and Green, D. J. (2005) The multiple signals assessed by female satin bowerbirds: could they be used to narrow down females' choices of mates?. Biology Letters, 1 3: 264-267. doi:10.1098/rsbl.2005.0325


Author Robson, T.E.
Goldizen, A. W.
Green, D. J.
Title The multiple signals assessed by female satin bowerbirds: could they be used to narrow down females' choices of mates?
Journal name Biology Letters   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1744-9561
Publication date 2005-01-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1098/rsbl.2005.0325
Volume 1
Issue 3
Start page 264
End page 267
Total pages 4
Editor Brian Charlesworth
Place of publication London
Publisher Royal Society of London
Language eng
Subject C1
270707 Sociobiology and Behavioural Ecology
06 Biological Sciences
069999 Biological Sciences not elsewhere classified
059999 Environmental Sciences not elsewhere classified
Abstract Female choice based on multiple male traits has been documented in many species but the functions of such multiple traits are still under debate. The satin bowerbird has a polygynous mating system in which males attract females to bowers for mating; females choose mates based on multiple aspects of males and their bowers. In this paper, we demonstrate that females use some cues to decide which males to examine closely and other cues to decide which males to mate with. Female visitation rates to bowers were significantly related to male size and the males' 'solitary' display rates, and, to a lesser extent, to the numbers of bower decorations. After controlling for female visitation rates, it was found that a male's mating success was significantly related to his size and the rate at which he 'painted' his bower with saliva and chewed up plant material.
Keyword female choice
multiple signals
chemical signalling
bowerbirds
sexual selection
Mating Success
Male Displays
Cues
Q-Index Code C1

 
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