Comparing entire colour patterns as birds see them

Endler, John A and Mielke, Jr.Paul W 2005, Comparing entire colour patterns as birds see them, Biological journal of the linnean society, vol. 86, no. 4, pp. 405-431, doi: 10.1111/j.1095-8312.2005.00540.x.

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Title Comparing entire colour patterns as birds see them
Author(s) Endler, John AORCID iD for Endler, John A
Mielke, Jr.Paul W
Journal name Biological journal of the linnean society
Volume number 86
Issue number 4
Start page 405
End page 431
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell
Place of publication Oxford, England
Publication date 2005
ISSN 0024-4066
Keyword(s) animal signals
visual contrast
sexual selection
antipredator defence
animal vision
Summary Colour patterns and their visual backgrounds consist of a mosaic of patches that vary in colour, brightness, size, shape and position. Most studies of crypsis, aposematism, sexual selection, or other forms of signalling concentrate on one or two patch classes (colours), either ignoring the rest of the colour pattern, or analysing the patches separately. We summarize methods of comparing colour patterns making use of known properties of bird eyes. The methods are easily modifiable for other animal visual systems. We present a new statistical method to compare entire colour patterns rather than comparing multiple pairs of patches. Unlike previous methods, the new method detects differences in the relationships among the colours, not just differences in colours. We present tests of the method's ability to detect a variety of kinds of differences between natural colour patterns and provide suggestions for analysis.
Language eng
DOI 10.1111/j.1095-8312.2005.00540.x
Field of Research 059999 Environmental Sciences not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2005, The Linnean Society of London
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