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Reverse sexual dimorphism in birds is still a subject of contention as
Freeman points out. One good place to begin is the revies by Mueller &
Meyer in Current Ornithology , Vol. 2, 1985. Explainations are complicated
by the fact that it occurs in groups other than raptors. For example in
shorebirds (Jehl & Murray, Current Ornithology Vol. 3, 1986.
     One of the most apparent conclusions of the distribution of RSD is
that no single explaination covers all cases.
                        Alan
  Brush@uconnvm.uconn.edu