Publications

Peacock in flight

Research Articles

2017

SA Kane, D van Beveren, R Dakin. In review. Biomechanics of the peafowl’s crest: a potential mechanosensory role for feathers during social display. Preprint on Biorxiv.

2016

PS Segre*, R Dakin*, TG Read, AD Straw, DL Altshuler. (2016) Mechanical constraints on flight at high elevation decrease maneuvering performance of hummingbirds. Current Biology. 26: 3368-3374. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.cub.2016.10.028  * co-first author

EE LeDue, K Mann, E Koch, B Chu, R Dakin, MD Gordon. (2016) Starvation-induced depotentiation of bitter taste in Drosophila. Current Biology. 26: 2854-2861. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.cub.2016.08.028

R Dakin, TK Fellows, DL Altshuler. (2016) Visual guidance of forward flight in hummingbirds reveals control based on image features instead of pattern velocity. PNAS. 113: 8849-8854. doi: 10.1073/pnas.1603221113 (videos)

R Dakin, JQ Ouyang, ÁZ Lendvai, MF Haussmann, IT Moore, F Bonier. (2016) Weather matters: begging calls are temperature- and size-dependent signals of offspring state. Behaviour. 153: 871-896. https://doi.org/10.1163/1568539X-00003370

R Dakin, O McCrossan, JF Hare, R Montgomerie, SA Kane. (2016) Biomechanics of the peacock’s display: how feather structure and resonance influence multimodal signaling. PLoS One. 11: e0152759. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0152759 (supplemental videos)

R Dakin, ÁZ Lendvai, JQ Ouyang, IT Moore, and F Bonier. (2016) Plumage colour is associated with partner parental care in mutually ornamented tree swallows. Animal Behaviour. 111: 111-118. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.anbehav.2015.10.006

2015

PS Segre, R Dakin, VB Zordan, MH Dickinson, AD Straw, DL Altshuler. (2015) Burst muscle performance predicts the speed, acceleration, and turning performance of Anna’s hummingbirds. eLife. https://doi.org/10.7554/eLife.11159

DL Altshuler, JW Bahlman, R Dakin, AH Gaede, B Goller, D Lentink, PS Segre, and DA Skandalis. (2015) The biophysics of bird flight: functional relationships integrate aerodynamics, morphology, kinematics, muscles and sensors. Canadian Journal of Zoology. 93: 961-975. https://doi.org/10.1139/cjz-2015-0103

ÁZ Lendvai, Ç Akçay, JQ Ouyang, R Dakin, A Domalik, PS St John, M Stanback, IT Moore, and F Bonier. (2015) Analysis of the optimal duration of behavioral observations based on an automated continuous monitoring system in tree swallows (Tachycineta bicolor): is one hour good enough? PLoS One. 10: e0141194. Preprint available on PeerJ. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0141194

JQ Ouyang, ÁZ Lendvai, R Dakin, A Domalik, V Fasanello, B Vassallo, MF Haussmann, IT Moore, and F Bonier. (2015) Weathering the storm: parental effort and experimental manipulation of stress hormones predict brood survival. BMC Evolutionary Biology. 15: 219. https://doi.org/10.1186/s12862-015-0497-8

2014

R Dakin and R Montgomerie. (2014) Condition-dependent mate assessment and choice by peahens: implications for sexual selection. Behavioral Ecology. 25: 1097-1104. https://doi.org/10.1093/beheco/aru087

R Dakin and R Montgomerie. (2014) Deceptive copulation calls attract female visitors to peacock leks. American Naturalist. 183: 558-564. https://doi.org/10.1086/675393

2013 and earlier

R Dakin and R Montgomerie. (2013) Eye for an eyespot: how iridescent plumage ocelli influence peacock mating success. Behavioral Ecology. 24: 1048-1057 https://doi.org/10.1093/beheco/art045

R Dakin. (2011) The crest of the peafowl: a sexually dimorphic plumage ornament signals condition in both males and females. Journal of Avian Biology. 42: 405-414. http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1600-048X.2011.05444.x

R Dakin and R Montgomerie. (2011) Peahens prefer peacocks displaying more eyespots, but rarely. Animal Behaviour. 82: 21-28. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.anbehav.2011.03.016

R Dakin and R Montgomerie. (2009) Peacocks orient their courtship displays towards the sun. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology. 63: 825-834. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00265-009-0717-6  (supplementary video)

Data and analyses

figshare (2016) Statistical supplement to: Visual guidance of forward flight in hummingbirds reveals control based on image features instead of pattern velocity. doi: https://doi.org/10.6084/m9.figshare.3382759.v4

figshare (2016) Statistical supplement to: Mechanical constraints on flight at high elevation decrease maneuvering performance of hummingbirds. doi: https://doi.org/10.6084/m9.figshare.3466361.v4

Dryad (2015) Data from: Burst muscle performance predicts the speed, acceleration, and turning performance of Anna’s hummingbirds. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.5061/dryad.14762

Dryad (2013) Data from: Deceptive copulation calls attract female visitors to peacock leks. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.5061/dryad.vt562

Other published work

Grades, the currency on campus. University Affairs. December 2012.

Accreditation of environmental degree programs raises concerns. University Affairs. November 2012.

Innovative, naturally. The Kingston Whig Standard and Innovation.ca. November 2011.

Theses

PhD (2013) Linking courtship behaviour, colour perception and mate choice decisions in peafowl.

MSc (2008) The role of the visual train ornament in the courtship of peafowl, Pavo cristatus.