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Antioxidant status, flight performance and sexual signalling in wild-type parrots

Abstract:

During mate choice, individuals are predicted to assess traits that honestly signal the quality of potential partners. Locomotor capacity may be such a trait, potentially signalling condition and ability to resist oxidative damage. In this study, we experimentally manipulated nutritional status: Male wild-type budgerigars, imported from Australia, were provided with either an enhanced (EQ) or reduced quality (RQ) diet varying in vitamin (particularly retinol and α-tocopherol) and mineral leve...

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10.1007/s00265-010-0997-x

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Arnold, KE More by this author
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Institution:
University of Oxford
Department:
Oxford, MPLS, Zoology
Ducaroir, L More by this author
Alexander, L More by this author
Journal:
Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology
Volume:
64
Issue:
11
Pages:
1857-1866
Publication date:
2010-06-15
DOI:
EISSN:
1432-0762
ISSN:
0340-5443
URN:
uuid:fb541b8a-2a1d-4be6-ad62-141074ee371f
Source identifiers:
300978
Local pid:
pubs:300978

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