Biology (11th Edition)

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ISBN 10: 1-25918-813-2
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Chapter 54 - Behavioral Biology - Figure 54.27 - Inquiry Question: 1

Answer

More spots means more feathers and a greater proof of male fitness.

Work Step by Step

Sexual selection usually involves the selected sex having some trait which seems disadvantageous--lots of big feathers makes it hard to escape predators. Surviving with such a trait is supposed to prove high overall fitness/desirability as a mate.
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