Secondary Sexual Characters of Birds
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Secondary sexual characters are more diversified and conspicuous in birds, though not perhaps entailing more important changes of structure, than in any other class of animals. Male birds sometimes, though rarely, possess special weapons for fighting with each other. They charm the female by vocal or instrumental music of the most varied kinds. The males of many birds are larger than the females, and this no doubt is the result of the advantage gained by the larger and stronger males over their rivals during many generations. This chapter discusses the cases in which the males are ornamented either exclusively or in a much higher degree than the females. The plumes on the front or back of the head consist of variously-shaped feathers, sometimes capable of erection or expansion, by which their beautiful colours are fully displayed. The domesticated birds have varied greatly, their variations being inherited. Variations are more apt to occur in the male than in the female sex.