(THE COLLEGE FIX) — Ever look out your window in the spring and see that bright red cardinal sitting on a branch? And nearby is his mate, whose color happens to be significantly less elaborate?
Well, some scientists have an idea as to why that is: “they [females] could be seeking to avoid sexual harassment.”
“We suggest that female ornaments could lead to increased sexual harassment by males and this could be especially costly to the number of offspring you leave behind. The energetic cost of harassment — by either avoiding males or dealing with unnecessary sexual attention — would reduce your egg production,” says Professor David Hosken of England’s University of Exeter.
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