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Moult performance varies in relation to colour patterns in crossbills

Autores: Fernández-Eslava, B. (Autor de correspondencia); Alonso, D.; Galicia Paredes, David; Arizaga, J.
Título de la revista: JOURNAL OF ORNITHOLOGY
ISSN: 2193-7192
Fecha de publicación: 2023
Carotenoid-based ornamentation can vary greatly among individual birds of the same population. This variability might consider the timing and duration of moult. Crossbills (genus Loxia) show large variation in their colour patterns, ranging from dull yellow to red. Thus, they provide an excellent avian model for testing whether the timing and duration of their moult are associated with their dominant colour patterns. Using a dataset of more than 1900 crossbills captured in the Pyrenees (Spain), we observed that individuals with red feathers started their primary moult early, while those with yellow feathers started moult on an average of 18 days later. We also found that yellow crossbills were more likely to suspend moults (i.e. temporally interrupt moult), postponing a part of the moult until September. These differences in the moulting process may be related to plumage colour, which reflect individual condition.