Many bird plumages evolved as the result of competition for mates. We will examine the role of sexual selection in creating diversity among African weaverbirds by comparing morphological, genetic, and geographic range differences.
PI’s Staffan Andersson and Nanny Wermuth
CTBio Postdoc Allen Spaulding
Some male weaverbirds compete for females by growing attractive, long tails while males of other species grow red feathers to scare off other males. Why don't they all do both? Differences in plumages give clues about their evolution.