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Ultraviolet colour variation influences blue tit sex ratios
Uppsala University, Teknisk-naturvetenskapliga vetenskapsområdet, Faculty of Science and Technology, Biology, Department of Evolutionary Biology.
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1999 (English)In: NATURE, ISSN 0028-0836, Vol. 402, no 6764, 874-877 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Brilliant blue and violet structural colours are common plumage ornaments in birds, but their signalling functions are poorly understood(1). This may be because birds also communicate in ultraviolet (UV-A) wavelengths (320-400 nm)(2-5), invisible to human

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MACMILLAN MAGAZINES LTD , 1999. Vol. 402, no 6764, 874-877 p.
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ZEBRA FINCHES; SPERM COMPETITION; MATE CHOICE; BIRDS; QUALITY; MANIPULATION; PREFERENCES; DIMORPHISM; ADJUSTMENT; COLORATION
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-38169OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-38169DiVA: diva2:66068
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Addresses: Sheldon BC, Univ Oxford, Dept Zool, S Parks Rd, Oxford OX1 3PS, England. Uppsala Univ, Dept Anim Ecol, S-75236 Uppsala, Sweden. Uppsala Univ, Evolutionary Biol Ctr, Dept Evolutionary Biol, S-75236 Uppsala, Sweden.Available from: 2008-10-17 Created: 2008-10-17 Last updated: 2011-01-14

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