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Yingqiang Lou, Lijun Chen, Qingshan Zhao, Anders Pape Møller, Yun Fang, Yuehua Sun. 2022: Sexual dichromatism and assortative mating by multiple plumage color traits in wild Chestnut Thrush. Avian Research, 13(1): 100033. doi: 10.1016/j.avrs.2022.100033
Citation: Yingqiang Lou, Lijun Chen, Qingshan Zhao, Anders Pape Møller, Yun Fang, Yuehua Sun. 2022: Sexual dichromatism and assortative mating by multiple plumage color traits in wild Chestnut Thrush. Avian Research, 13(1): 100033. doi: 10.1016/j.avrs.2022.100033

Sexual dichromatism and assortative mating by multiple plumage color traits in wild Chestnut Thrush

doi: 10.1016/j.avrs.2022.100033
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  • Corresponding author: E-mail address: sunyh@ioz.ac.cn (Y. Sun)
  • Received Date: 11 Sep 2021
  • Accepted Date: 20 Apr 2022
  • Available Online: 07 Jul 2022
  • Publish Date: 27 Apr 2022
  • Sex differences in plumage color are common in bird species. Some bird species are regarded as sexually monochromatic in human visual systems, and in recent years, some species are found to be of cryptic (to human) sexual dichromatism by spectrophotometric techniques. However, the functions of plumage color are still less understood in these species. Here, we focused on plumage color traits in the Chestnut Thrush (Turdus rubrocanus), which is considered as a sexually monochromatic bird by human observers. We used spectrometer analyses and avian visual modeling to investigate the color traits of males and females, and whether these color traits are involved in assortative mating. We found that Chestnut Thrush showed sexual dichromatism in bill, throat and wing, and pairs mated assortatively with colorations of throat, chest, crown and wing. We also found that color of tarsus was different between two consecutive years. These results revealed that Chestnut Thrush is sexually dichromatic in the avian visual system, and plumage color traits play important roles in mate choice.


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