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Great tit (Parus major)

By ladynewbury
The colour of the male bird's breast has been shown to correlate with stronger sperm, and is one way that the male demonstrates his reproductive superiority to females. Higher levels of carotenoid increase the intensity of the yellow of the breast its colour, and also enable the sperm to better withstand the onslaught of free radicals. Carotenoids cannot be synthesized by the bird and have to be obtained from food, so a bright colour in a male demonstrates his ability to obtain good nutrition. The width of the male's ventral stripe, which varies with individual, is selected for by females, with higher quality females apparently selecting males with wider stripe.

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Tags: Great tit Wild birds Wildlife and nature Blashford lakes Hampshire England

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Comments


Mike_Smith Plus
11 516 1 United Kingdom
13 Feb 2018 8:52PM
Beautiful sharp Great Tit capture Pam, nice perch and background

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Mike_Young Plus
12 13 9 United Kingdom
13 Feb 2018 8:56PM
Super shot, great detail, sharpness and splendid perch!
13 Feb 2018 9:25PM
Excellent Pam, great pose and detail,
Fred.
taggart Plus
14 47 13 United States
13 Feb 2018 9:30PM
Excellent focus oaths bird!
Beautiful capture
Daisymaye 9 23 16 Canada
13 Feb 2018 10:14PM
An excellent capture.
ColleenA Plus
6 371 6 Australia
13 Feb 2018 10:23PM
Beautiful shot Pam ...great feather detail
13 Feb 2018 10:37PM
Excellent detail and clarity, Pam.

RichardSmile
13 Feb 2018 11:36PM
Beautiful capture ***** SmileSmileSmileSmileSmile
RSK Plus
8 4 Canada
13 Feb 2018 11:40PM
Tack sharp from tail end to beak,great colours capturedPam.

Ron
Grand tonal range of green in this lovely capture. Nice texture well done Pam.
WesternRed.
tonyguitar 6 75 37 Canada
14 Feb 2018 1:18AM
People pay for this ideal quality of bird photography. Full satisfaction in this beauty. TG
orts 7 4 United Kingdom
14 Feb 2018 9:56AM
Great shot
14 Feb 2018 10:12AM
Excellent, v sharp with nice blurred background!
Mollycat Plus
5 11 2 United Kingdom
14 Feb 2018 10:21AM
Stunning looking shot and very informative narrative Pam.
Peter GrinGrin
14 Feb 2018 11:54AM
Lovely detail captured Pam, super image.
Carol
Chinga Plus
7 3 1 United Kingdom
14 Feb 2018 1:58PM
Wonderful image quality... Stunning bird Pam...
Isabel GrinGrin
TrevBatWCC Plus
10 12 12 England
14 Feb 2018 2:41PM
An interesting bit of info there, Pam Smile Very nicely posed for you, and excellently captured Smile
Trev Smile
14 Feb 2018 2:46PM
Really lovely Pam, great bird photo with interesting info


PattySmileSmile
26 Feb 2018 3:53AM
Great capture. Amazing colors. Boyd

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