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Male-like ornamentation in female hummingbirds results from social harassment rather than sexual selection

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Jay J. Falk. Michael S. Webster, Dustin R. RubensteinPublished: August 26, 2021 DOI: Highlights Female white-necked jacobins are polymorphic—30% have male-like plumage All juveniles have male-like plumage, excluding sexual selection as an explanation Male-like females receive less con- and heterospecific social harassment Thus, male-like ornamentation in females can arise purely through non-sexual means

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