The asymmetry of digit folidosis and the correlation of exterior characteristics have been studied in 20 passerine species. The level of the characteristic asymmetry depends on the phylopatry level and regularly increases in the species disposed to annual change of the nesting site. We assume that the revealed variability reflects interpopulation flow of genes. Age-, sex-, and biotope-related changes associated with urbanization have been revealed in the correlation of characteristics. Older birds have more pronounced correlation of characteristics; it is also more specific for males than females. Correlation of characteristics is less pronounced in the urban avian populations. These differences are interpreted in terms of stabilizing selection within intraspecific groups.
Russian Journal of Developmental Biology – Springer Journals
Published: Oct 9, 2004
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