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Chicken genomics: feather-pecking and victim pigmentation.

Abstract:

Feather-pecking in domestic birds is associated with cannibalism and severe welfare problems. It is a dramatic example of a spiteful behaviour in which the victim's fitness is reduced for no immediate direct benefit to the perpetrator and its evolution is unexplained. Here we show that the plumage pigmentation of a chicken may predispose it to become a victim: birds suffer more drastic feather-pecking when the colour of their plumage is due to the expression of a wild recessive allele at PMEL...

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10.1038/431645a

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Journal:
Nature
Volume:
431
Issue:
7009
Pages:
645-646
Publication date:
2004-10-05
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EISSN:
1476-4687
ISSN:
0028-0836
URN:
uuid:88c87814-12a1-4cac-b081-e08e0db34d85
Source identifiers:
209271
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pubs:209271

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