Active female sampling of male display predicts female uncertainty in mate choice

dc.contributor.advisorBorgia, Geralden_US
dc.contributor.authorCendes, Linda Marieen_US
dc.contributor.departmentBehavior, Ecology, Evolution and Systematicsen_US
dc.contributor.publisherDigital Repository at the University of Marylanden_US
dc.contributor.publisherUniversity of Maryland (College Park, Md.)en_US
dc.description.abstractInformation on how females use male display elements can be critical in understanding mate choice. Females often passively sample male displays, therefore female use of an element can be difficult to quantify. In satin bowerbirds, female tasting associated with male paint offers an opportunity to study how females actively assess of male display. In a preliminary study, I found that tasting was less common by females during courtships ending in copulation. This suggested that females with a greater proportion of tastes are less certain in their mate choice. I tested this hypothesis in several ways, and each indicated that a greater proportion of tasting was associated with measures suggesting mate choice uncertainty: visiting more times and more males, mating with multiple males, and switching among males. This active sampling behavior allows for examination of female assessment of a single component of male display and to predict certain female characteristics.en_US
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dc.subject.pqcontrolledBiology, Zoologyen_US
dc.subject.pquncontrolledfemale uncertaintyen_US
dc.subject.pquncontrolledmate choiceen_US
dc.subject.pquncontrolledmate samplingen_US
dc.subject.pquncontrolledmate searchingen_US
dc.subject.pquncontrolledsatin bowerbirdsen_US
dc.titleActive female sampling of male display predicts female uncertainty in mate choiceen_US
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