Sexual selection and red-winged blackbirds ( Agelaius phoeniceus).

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In the case of Agelaius phoeniceus, sexual selection acts strongly on males and affects just those traits in which males differ most from females, viz. size, aggressiveness, plumage, and song. The action of sexual selection on male redwings is mediated through female choice and competition among males. There is also some evidence of sexual selection acting on females, through the process of female competition.-from Author

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)166-174
Number of pages9
JournalAmerican Scientist
Volume71
Issue number2
StatePublished - Dec 1 1983
Externally publishedYes

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Sexual selection and red-winged blackbirds ( Agelaius phoeniceus). / Searcy, William.

In: American Scientist, Vol. 71, No. 2, 01.12.1983, p. 166-174.

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