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  • Male/female plumage differences in thrushes promote species recognition

    Photos show differences and similarities in the plumage of males and females of several thrush species.

    A study of thrushes offers new insight into the differences in the appearance of plumage between male and female birds. Plumage of the American robin, top left and center, differs in subtle ways between female birds, left, and male birds, center. European blackbirds, top and lower right, differ dramatically between males, top, and females, bottom, while male and female song thrushes, bottom left, have no obvious differences between the sexes.

    Photo credits: Female American robin: public domain photo via Pixabay; male American robin: photo by Mdf, CC BY-SA 3.0; female Eurasian blackbird: photo by Charles Sharp, CC BY-SA 4.0,; male Eurasian blackbird: photo by Zeynel Cebeci, CC BY-SA 4.0; male and female song thrushes: photo by Tomas Grim.


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  • Editor’s notes

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    The paper “Pressure for rapid and accurate mate recognition promotes avian-perceived plumage sexual dichromatism in true thrushes (genus: Turdus)” is available online and from the U. of I. News Bureau.

    DOI: 10.1111/jeb.14089