Female cowbirds prefer less intense male courtship displays

More modest male displays attract the females when it comes to brown-headed cowbirds, contrary to sexual selection theory, according to UC Santa Barbara researchers Adrian O'Loghlen and Stephen Rothstein. Their findings are published May 2 in the open-access journal PLoS ONE. While sexual selection theory predicts that females should find more flamboyant displays the most sexually attractive, the opposite holds true for brown-headed cowbirds, a small songbird common in North America.

Female cowbirds prefer less intense male courtship displays

In most species, females prefer the most intense courtship display males can muster, but a new study finds that female cowbirds actually prefer less intense displays. The full results are published ...

Thu 3 May 12 from Phys.org

Less is more, for female cowbirds: Findings contradict sexual selection theory

More modest male displays attract the females when it comes to brown-headed cowbirds, contrary to sexual selection theory, according to new research. While sexual selection theory predicts that ...

Fri 4 May 12 from ScienceDaily

UCSB researchers find that less is more, for female cowbirds, Fri 4 May 12 from Eurekalert

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