CSIRO Publishing blank image blank image blank image blank imageBooksblank image blank image blank image blank imageJournalsblank image blank image blank image blank imageAbout Usblank image blank image blank image blank imageShopping Cartblank image blank image blank image You are here: Journals > Emu   
Emu
http://www.birdlife.org.au
  A Journal of BirdLife Australia
 
blank image Search
 
blank image blank image
blank image
 
  Advanced Search
   

Journal Home
About the Journal
Editorial Structure
Contacts
Content
Online Early
Current Issue
Just Accepted
All Issues
Special Issues
Research Fronts
Rowley Reviews
Virtual Issues
Sample Issue
For Authors
General Information
Scope
Submit Article
Author Instructions
Awards and Prizes
For Referees
Referee Guidelines
Review an Article
Annual Referee Index
For Subscribers
Subscription Prices
Customer Service
Print Publication Dates

red arrow Complete Archive
blank image
With the complete digital archive of Emu now online, we have selected some of the most interesting and significant papers for readers to access freely.

blue arrow e-Alerts
blank image
Subscribe to our Email Alert or RSS feeds for the latest journal papers.

red arrow Connect with BirdLife
blank image
facebook TwitterIcon LinkedIn

red arrow Connect with CP
blank image
facebook twitter LinkedIn

 

Article << Previous     |     Next >>   Contents Vol 113(4)

Experimental evidence of local variation in the colour preferences of Great Bowerbirds for bower decorations

Naoko Haruyama A, Noriyuki Yamaguchi B, Kazuhiro Eguchi A E and Richard A. Noske C D

A Department of Biology, Faculty of Sciences, Kyushu University, Fukuoka 812-8581, Japan.
B Graduate School of Fisheries and Environmental Studies, Nagasaki University, 1-14 Bunkyo-machi, Nagasaki 852-8521, Japan.
C Research Institute for the Environment and Livelihoods, Charles Darwin University, Darwin, NT 0909, Australia.
D Present address: Environmental Futures School, Griffith University, Nathan, Qld 4111, Australia.
E Corresponding author. Email: kegucscb@kyushu-u.org

Emu 113(4) 367-373 http://dx.doi.org/10.1071/MU13006
Submitted: 3 April 2012  Accepted: 12 April 2013   Published: 6 August 2013


 
PDF (386 KB) $25
 Supplementary Material
 Export Citation
 Print
  
Abstract

Previous observational studies near Darwin, Northern Territory, revealed that males of a population of the western subspecies of the Great Bowerbird (Ptilonorhynchus nuchalis nuchalis) gathered only green objects as coloured decorations for their bowers. To test whether collection of certain coloured objects by Bowerbirds was caused by the skew of availability of such colours in the environment, we conducted experiments in which glasses of various colours were placed in or near bowers. We supplied shards of coloured glass of five colours (Brown, Yellow-Green, Green, Dark Olive-Green and Dark Blue) and painted glass of six colours (Red, Yellow, Light Green, Deep Green, Light Blue and Blue). Both Green and Deep Green were favoured, whereas other colours were ignored or disfavoured, especially Red and Yellow. Males in our population showed a narrow range of colour preferences even when a wide choice of colours was available, which differs from findings for the eastern subspecies (P. n. orientalis), in which red and purple were favoured. Green objects were placed beside the avenue entrance, probably for ready access when displaying to females in the avenue. We suggest that the green was preferred because it contrasts with the lilac nuchal crest displayed to females during courtship.

Additional keywords: contrast inflating hypothesis, fruit availability, Ptilonorhynchus nuchalis nuchalis, rarity hypothesis, sensory-bias model hypothesis.


References

Borgia, G. (1985). Bower quality, number of decorations and mating success of male Satin Bowerbirds (Ptilonorhynchus violaceus): an experimental analysis. Animal Behaviour 33, 266–271.
CrossRef |

Borgia, G. (1995a). Threat reduction as a cause of differences in bower architecture, bower decoration and male display in two closely related bowerbirds Chlamydera nuchalis and C. maculata. Emu 95, 1–12.
CrossRef |

Borgia, G. (1995b). Complex male display and female choice in the Spotted Bowerbird: specialized functions for different bower decorations. Animal Behaviour 49, 1291–1301.
CrossRef |

Borgia, G., and Gore, M. A. (1986). Feather stealing in the Satin Bowerbird (Ptilonorhynchus violaceus) – male competition and the quality of display. Animal Behaviour 34, 727–738.
CrossRef |

Borgia, G., Pruett-Jones, S. G., and Pruett-Jones, M. A. (1985). The evolution of bower-building and the assessment of male quality. Zeitschrift für Tierpsychologie 67, 225–236.
CrossRef |

Borgia, G., Kaatz, I., and Condit, R. (1987). Flower choice and the decoration of the bower of the Satin Bowerbird Ptilinorhynchus violaceus: a test of hypotheses for the evolution of male display. Animal Behaviour 35, 1129–1139.
CrossRef |

Diamond, J. M. (1988). Experimental study of bower decoration by the bowerbird Amblyornis inornatus, using colored poker chips. American Naturalist 131, 631–653.
CrossRef |

Doerr, N. R. (2009). Stealing rates in the Great Bowerbird (Ptilonorhynchus nuchalis): effects of the spatial arrangement of males and availability of decorations. Emu 109, 230–236.
CrossRef |

Doucet, S. M., and Montgomerie, R. (2003). Multiple sexual ornaments in Satin Bowerbirds: ultraviolet plumage and bowers signal different aspects of male quality. Behavioral Ecology 14, 503–509.
CrossRef |

Endler, J. A., and Day, L. B. (2006). Ornament colour selection, visual contrast and the shape of colour preference functions in Great Bowerbirds, Chlamydera nuchalis. Animal Behaviour 72, 1405–1416.
CrossRef |

Endler, J. A., and Mielke, P. W. (2005). Comparing entire colour patterns as birds see them. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society 86, 405–431.
CrossRef |

Endler, J. A., Westcott, D. A., Madden, J. R., and Robson, T. (2005). Animal visual systems and the evolution of color patterns: sensory processing illuminates signal evolution. Evolution 59, 1795–1818.
| PubMed |

Frith, C. B., and Frith, D. W. (2004). ‘The Bowerbirds.’ (Oxford University Press: Oxford, UK.)

Frith, C.B., and Frith, D.W. (2008). ‘Bowerbirds: Nature, Art & History.’ (Frith & Frith: Malanda, Qld.)

Gelman, A., Cartin, J. B., Stern, H. S., and Rubin, D. B. (2004). ‘Bayesian Data Analysis.’ 2nd edn. (Chapman and Hall and CRC Press: London.)

Gilliard, E. T. (1956). Bower ornamentation versus plumage characters in bower-birds. Auk 73, 450–451.
CrossRef |

Hore-Lacy, I. (1962). Notes on the behaviour of the Great Bower-bird at St. Ronans, North Queensland. Emu 62, 188–191.
CrossRef |

Hunter, C. P., and Dwyer, P. D. (1997). The value of objects to Satin Bowerbirds Ptilonorhynchus violaceus. Emu 97, 200–206.

Katsuno, Y., Okida, T., Yamaguchi, N., Nishiumi, I., and Eguchi, K. (2010). Bower structure is a good predictor of mating success in the Great Bowerbird. Journal of the Yamashina Institute for Ornithology 42, 19–33.
CrossRef |

Katsuno, Y., Eguchi, K., and Noske, R. A. (2013). Preference and spatial arrangement of different colours of decorations in the Great Bowerbird Ptilonorhynchus n. nuchalis. Australian Field Ornithology 30, 3–13.

Madden, J. R. (2003a). Male Spotted Bowerbirds preferentially choose, arrange and proffer objects that are good predictors of mating success. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology 53, 263–266.

Madden, J. R. (2003b). Bower decorations are good predictors of mating success in the Spotted Bowerbird. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology 53, 269–277.

Madden, J. R., and Balmford, A. (2004). Spotted Bowerbirds Chlamydera maculata do not prefer rare or costly bower decorations. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology 55, 589–595.
CrossRef |

Madden, J., and Tanner, K. (2003). Preferences for coloured bower decorations can be explained in a nonsexual context. Animal Behaviour 65, 1077–1083.
CrossRef |

Marshall, A. J. (1954). Bower-birds. Biological Reviews of the Cambridge Philosophical Society 29, 1–45.
CrossRef |

Okida, T., Katsuno, Y., Eguchi, K., and Noske, R. A. (2010). How interacting multiple male sexual signals influence female choice in the Great Bowerbird. Journal of the Yamashina Institute for Ornithology 42, 35–46.
CrossRef |

R Development Core Team (2009). ‘R: A Language and Environment for Statistical Computing.’ (R Foundation for Statistical Computing: Vienna, Austria.) Available at http://www.R-project.org [accessed 13 November, 2012]

Savard, J.-F., Keagy, J., and Borgia, G. (2011). Blue, not UV, plumage color is important in Satin Bowerbird Ptilonorhynchus violaceus display. Journal of Avian Biology 42, 80–84.
CrossRef |


   
Subscriber Login
Username:
Password:  

 
    
Legal & Privacy | Contact Us | Help

CSIRO

© CSIRO 1996-2015