Peer-Reviewed Publications

2022 / in press

Eastwood JR, T Connallon, K Delhey, ML Hall, N Teunissen, SA Kingma, S Verhulst & A Peters. Hot and dry conditions predict shorter nestling telomeres in an endangered songbird: implications for population persistence? PNAS. Doi:10.1073/pnas.2122944119

Teunissen N & A Peters. 2022. Predator suppression by invasive toads does not cascade to prey due to predation by alternate predators. Biol Inv Published online 07 May 2022.

Roast, MJ, JR Eastwood, N Hidalgo Aranzamendi, M Fan, N Teunissen, S Verhulst & A Peters. 2022. Telomere length declines with age, but relates to immune function independent of age in a wild passerine. R Soc Open Sci 9 (4), 212012

Camerlenghi E, A McQueen, K Delhey, CN Cook, SA Kingma, DR Farine & A Peters. 2022. Cooperative breeding and the emergence of multilevel societies in birds. Ecol Lett 25:766–777

Sheldon E, JR Eastwood, Teunissen N, MJ Roast, M Fan, ML Hall, N Hidalgo Aranzamendi, SA Kingma, Verhulst S & A Peters. 2021. Telomere dynamics in the first year of life, but not later in life, predict lifespan in a wild bird. Molec Ecol special issue

Roast MJ, N Hidalgo Aranzamendi, N Teunissen, M Fan, S Verhulst & A Peters. 2022. Does constitutive immune function exhibit senescence in the wild? A longitudinal study. Physiol Biochem Zool 95(1): 54-65


Teunissen N, SA Kingma, M Fan, MJ Roast & A Peters. 2021. Context-dependent social benefits drive cooperative predator defence. Curr Biol 31(18):4120-4126. Featured in Dispatches and ARC Research Highlights (26/07/21)

Fan M, ML Hall, MJ Roast, A Peters & K Delhey. 2021. Variability, heritability and condition-dependence of the multidimensional male colour phenotype in a passerine bird. Heredity 127:300-311 (Editor’s Choice)

Kingma SA, K Bebbington, N Teunissen, A Peters & J Komdeur. 2021. The evolution of delayed dispersal and different routes to breeding in social birds. Adv Study Behav 53: 163-224

McQueen A, K Delhey, O Crino, B Szecsenyi, M Roast & A Peters. 2021. Physiological costs and age constraints of a sexual ornament: an experimental study in a wild bird. Behav Ecol 32(2): 327-338

McQueen A, K Delhey, F Barzan, AC Naimo & A Peters. 2021. Male fairy-wrens produce and maintain vibrant breeding colours irrespective of individual quality. Behav Ecol 32(1): 178-187


Roast MJ, M Fan, N Teunissen, MD Hall & A Peters. 2020. Fitness outcomes in relation to individual variation in constitutive innate immune function. Proc R Soc B 1938: 20201997

Flies AS, Wild Comparative Immunology Consortium. 2020 Rewilding immunology. Science 369(6499): 37-38

Prasetya A, A Peters & K Delhey. 2020. Carotenoid-based plumage colour saturation increases with temperature in Australian passerines. J Biogeography 47: 2671–2683

Teunissen N, SA Kingma & A Peters. 2020. Nest defence and offspring provisioning in a cooperative bird: individual subordinates vary in total contribution, but no division of tasks among breeders and subordinates. Behav Ecol Sociobiol 74(7): 1-9

Teunissen N, SA Kingma & A Peters. 2020. Predator defense is shaped by risk, brood value and social group benefits in a cooperative breeder. Behav Ecol 31(3), 761–771

Nolazco S, ML Hall, SA Kingma, K Delhey & A Peters. 2020. No evidence for an adaptive role of early molt into breeding plumage in a female fairy wren. Behav Ecol 31(2): 411-420


Peters A, K Delhey, S Nakagawa, A Aulsebrook & S Verhulst. 2019. Immunosenescence in the wild: meta-analysis and outlook. Ecol Lett 22: 1709-1722; Recommended F1000Prime doi: 10.1111/ele.13343

Eastwood JR, ML Hall, N Teunissen, SA Kingma, N Hidalgo Aranzamendi, M Fan, M Roast, S Verhulst & A Peters. 2019. Early life telomere length predicts lifespan and lifetime reproductive success in a wild bird. Molec Ecol 28: 1127–1137. Featured on the Australian Research Council Research Highlights webpage (12 Feb 2019).

Hidalgo Aranzamendi N, ML Hall, SA Kingma, M van de Pol & A Peters. 2019. Rapid plastic breeding response to rain matches peak prey abundance in a tropical bird. J Anim Ecol 88(11): 1799-1811

Roast MJ, A Aulsebrook, M Fan, N Hidalgo Aranzamendi, N Teunissen & A Peters. 2019. Short-term climate variation drives baseline innate immune function and stress in a tropical bird: a reactive scope perspective. Physiol Biochem Zool 92: 140–151.

Eastwood J, L Peacock, ML Hall, M Roast, S Murphy, A Gonçalves da Silva & A Peters. 2019. Persistent negligible avian malaria in a tropical species despite high community prevalence. Int J Parasitol: Par Wildl 8: 88-93

McQueen A, B Kempenaers, J Dale, M Valcu, Z Emory, CJ Dey, A Peters & K Delhey. 2019. Evolutionary drivers of seasonal plumage display: Nuptial moult correlates with sexual selection, predation risk and seasonality across all passerines. Ecol Lett 22: 1838-1849

Martin LB, B Addison, AGD Bean, KL Buchanan, OL Crino, JR Eastwood, AS Flies, R Hamede, GE Hill, M Klaassen, RE Koch, JM Martens, C Napolitano, EJ Narayan, L Peacock, AJ Peel, A Peters, N Raven, A Risely, MJ Roast, LA Rollins, M Ruiz-Aravena, D Selechnik, HS Stokes, B Ujvari, LF Grogan. 2019. Extreme competence: keystone hosts of infection. Trends Ecol Evol 34(4): 303-314. Due to the ideas I contributed to the field of eco-immunology over the years, I was invited to be part of this large collaborative opinion piece. Doi: 10.1016/j.tree.2018.12.009

Gardner JL, T Amano, A Peters, WJ Sutherland, B Mackey, L Joseph, J Stein, K Ikin, R Little, J Smith & MRE Symonds. 2019. Australian songbird body size tracks climate variation: 82 species over 50 years. Proc R Soc Lond B 286, 1916

Fan M, L D’Alba, MD Shawkey, A Peters & K Delhey. 2019. Multiple components of feather microstructure contribute to structural plumage colour diversity in fairy-wrens. Biol J Linn Soc 128(3): 550-568

Cain KE, ML Hall, I Medina, AV Leitao, K Delhey, L Brouwer, A Peters, S Pruett-Jones, MS Webster, NE Langmore, RA Mulder. 2019. Conspicuous plumage and predation risk: A continent-wide examination using 3D printed model songbirds. Am Nat 93(3): 359-372. Doi: 10.1086/701632


Teunissen N, SA Kingma, ML Hall, N Hidalgo Aranzamendi, J Komdeur & A Peters. 2018. More than kin: subordinates foster strong social bonds with close relatives and potential mates in a group-living bird. Behav Ecol 29: 1316–1324

Fan M, N Teunissen, ML Hall, N Hidalgo Aranzamendi, SA Kingma, M Roast, K Delhey & A Peters. 2018. From ornament to armament or loss of function? Breeding plumage acquisition in a genetically monogamous bird. J Anim Ecol 87: 1274–1285. Featured on the Australian Research Council Research Highlights webpage (13 Aug 2018) and in the third edition of the ARC “Making a Difference” publication, featuring a snapshot of ARC-supported research projects that have delivered notable outcomes in 2018–19

Eastwood J, E Mulder, S Verhulst & A Peters. 2018. Increasing the accuracy and precision of relative telomere length estimates by RT qPCR. Molec Ecol Res 18(1): 68-78


McQueen A, AC Naimo, N Teunissen, RD Magrath, K Delhey & A Peters. 2017. Bright birds are cautious: seasonally conspicuous plumage prompts risk avoidance in male superb fairy-wrens. Proc R Soc Lond B 284 (1857), 20170446. This article was featured in ‘Outside JEB’: Rozen 2017. Fearful fairy-wrens have the blues. J Exp Biol:3402.

Fan M, ML Hall, SA Kingma, LM Mandeltort, K Delhey & A Peters. 2017. No fitness benefits of early molt in a fairy-wren: relaxed sexual selection under genetic monogamy? Behav Ecol 28(4):1055-1067

Little R, JL Gardner, T Amano, K Delhey & A Peters. 2017. Are long-term widespread avian body size changes related to food availability? A test using contemporaneous changes in carotenoid-based colour. Ecol Evol 7:3157-3166

Delhey K & A Peters. 2017. The effect of colour producing mechanisms on plumage sexual dichromatism in passerines and parrots. Funct Ecol 31:903-914

Delhey, K, M Carrizo, B Mahler & A Peters. 2017. Complex nest decorations of a small brown bird in the Pampas. Front Ecol Environ15(7): 406-407

Delhey K, B Szecsenyi, S Nakagawa & A Peters 2017. Conspicuous plumage colours are highly variable. Proc R Soc Lond B 284: 2016.2593

Medina, I, K Delhey, A Peters, KE Cain, ML Hall, RA Mulder and N Langmore. 2017. Habitat structure is linked to the evolution of plumage colour in female, but not male, fairy-wrens. BMC Evol Biol 17:35

Jacques-HamiltonR, ML Hall, WA Buttemer, KD Matson, A Gonҫalves da Silva, RA Mulder, A Peters. 2017. Personality and innate immune defenses in a wild bird: evidence for the pace-of-life hypothesis. Horm Behav 88:31-40

Delhey K & A Peters. 2017. Conservation implications of anthropogenic impacts on visual signalling and camouflage. Cons Biol 31(1): 30-39

Brouwer L,M van de Pol, N Hidalgo Aranzamendi, G Bain, DT. Baldassarre, D Colombelli-Négrel, E Enbody, K Gielow, ML Hall, AE Johnson, J Karubian, SA Kingma, S Kleindorfer, M Louter, RA Mulder, A Peters, S Pruett-Jones, KA Tarvin, DJ Thrasher, CW Varian-Ramos, MS Webster & A Cockburn. 2017. Multiple hypotheses explain variation in extra-pair paternity at different levels in a single bird family. Molec Ecol 26: 6717–6729


Hidalgo Aranzamendi N, ML Hall, SA Kingma, P Sunnucks & A Peters. 2016. Incest, extra-pair paternity and territory quality drive divorce in a year-round territorial bird. Behav Ecol 27 (6): 1808-1819. Featured on the Australian Research Council Research Highlights webpage on 20 July 2016.

Gardner JL, T Amano, WJ Sutherland, M Clayton & A Peters. 2016. Individual and demographic consequences of reduced body condition following repeated exposure to high temperatures. Ecology 97(3): 786–795

2015 and earlier

Delhey K, V Delhey, B Kempenaers & A Peters. 2015. A practical framework to analyse variation in animal colours using visual models. Behav Ecol 26(2): 367–375

Soanes R, A Peters, K Delhey & JS Doody. 2015. The influence of nest site choice and predator sensory cues on nest success in the Crimson Finch, Neochmia phaeton. EMU – Austral Ornithol 115:317-325

Gardner JL, T Amano, WJ Sutherland, L Joseph & A Peters. 2014. Are natural history collections coming to an end as time-series? Front Ecol Environ 12 (8): 436-438

Gardner JL, T Amano, PRY Blackwell, K Ikin, WJ Sutherland & A Peters. 2014. Temporal patterns of avian body size reflect linear size responses to broadscale environmental change over the last 50 years. J Avian Biol 45(6): 529-535, Editor’s Choice

Gardner JL, T Amano, B Mackey, WJ Sutherland, M Clayton & A Peters. 2014. Dynamic size responses to climate change: prevailing effects of rising temperature drive long-term body size increases in a semi-arid passerine. Global Change Biol 20(7): 2062-2075

Delhey K, SA Kingma, ML Hall & A Peters. 2013. Increased conspicuousness can explain the match between visual sensitivities and blue plumage colours in fairy-wrens. Proc R Soc Lond B 280: 20121771

Delhey K, J Smith & A Peters. 2013. Colour-variable birds have broader ranges, wider niches and are less likely to be threatened. J Evol Biol 26:1559-1568

Hall ML, Kingma SA, & A Peters. 2013. Male songbird indicates body size with low-pitched advertising songs. PLoS ONE 8: e56717. Top 25% most cited articles

Kingma SA, ML Hall & A Peters. 2013. Breeding synchronization facilitates extra-pair mating for inbreeding avoidance. Behav Ecol 24:1390-1397

Peters A, Kingma SA & K Delhey. 2013. Seasonal male plumage as a multicomponent sexual signal: insights and opportunities. EMU-Austral Ornithol 113:232-247

van de Pol M, L Brouwer, LC Brooker, MG Brooker, D Colombelli-Négrel, ML Hall, NE Langmore, A Peters, S Pruett-Jones, EM Russell, MS Webster & A Cockburn. 2013. Problems with using large-scale oceanic climate indices to compare climatic sensitivities across populations and species. Ecography 36:249-255

Peters A, ML Roberts, RHJM Kurvers & K Delhey. 2012. Testosterone treatment can increase circulating carotenoids but does not affect yellow carotenoid-based plumage colour in blue tits Cyanistes caeruleus J Avian Biol 43: 362–368

Kingma SA, ML Hall & A Peters. 2012. Sperm storage reflects within- and extra-pair mating opportunities in a cooperatively breeding bird Behav Ecol Sociobiol 66:1115–1123

Griesser M, NA Schneider, M Collis, A Overs, MS Guppy, N Takeuchi, P Collins, A Peters, ML Hall. 2012. Causes of ring-related leg injuries in birds – evidence and recommendations from four field studies. PLoS ONE 7(12): e51891

Gardner JL, A Peters, MR Kearney, L Joseph & R Heinsohn. 2011. Declining body size: a third universal response to warming? Trends Ecol Evol 26(6): 285-297

Gardner JL, MR Kearney, A Peters, L Joseph & R Heinsohn. 2011. Mechanisms and consequences of changing body size: reply to Bickford et al. and McCauley and Mabry. Trends Ecol Evol 26(11): 555

Kingma SA, ML Hall, & A Peters. 2011. Multiple benefits drive helping behaviour in a cooperatively breeding bird: an integrated analysis. Am Nat 177(4): 486-495. Featured article.

Langmore NE, M Stevens, G Maurer, R Heinsohn, ML Hall, A Peters & RM Kilner. 2011. Visual mimicry of host nestlings by cuckoos. Proc R Soc Lond B 278: 2455-2463

Peters, A, RHJM Kurvers, ML Roberts & K Delhey. 2011. No evidence for general condition-dependence of structural plumage colour in blue tits: an experiment. J Evol Biol 24(5): 976-987

Peters, A, S. Magdeburg & K. Delhey. 2011. The carotenoid conundrum: improved nutrition boosts plasma carotenoid levels but not immune benefits of carotenoid supplementation. Oecologia 166(1): 35-43

Delhey K, M Carrizo, L Verniere, B Mahler & A Peters. 2011. Rejection of brood-parasitic shiny cowbird (Molothrus bonariensis) nestlings by the firewood-gatherer (Anumbius annumbi)? J Avian Biol 42(5): 463-467

Kingma SA, ML Hall & A Peters. 2011. No evidence for offspring sex-ratio adjustment to social or environmental conditions in cooperatively breeding purple-crowned fairy-wrens. Behav. Ecol. Sociobiol. 65: 1203-1213

2010 and earlier

Kingma SA, ML Hall, E Arriero & A Peters. 2010. Multiple benefits of cooperative breeding in purple-crowned fairy-wrens: a consequence of fidelity? J Anim Ecol 79: 757-768

Delhey K, ML Roberts & A Peters. 2010. The carotenoid-continuum: carotenoid-based plumage ranges from conspicuous to cryptic and back again. BMC Ecology 10:13

Delhey K, C Burger, W Fiedler & A Peters. 2010. Seasonal changes in colour: a comparison of structural, melanin- and carotenoid-based colours in birds. PLoS ONE 5(7): e11582

Delhey K, M Carrizo, L Verniere, B Mahler & A Peters. 2010. Seasonal variation in reproductive output of a Neotropical temperate suboscine: the firewood-gatherer (Anumbius annumbi) AUK 127(1): 222-231

Kurvers RHJM, K Delhey, ML Roberts & A Peters. 2010. No consistent female preference for more UV crown colour in the blue tit Cyanistes caeruleus: a mate choice experiment. Ibis 152: 393-396

Peters A, E Klonczinski & K Delhey. 2010. Fat quill secretion in pigeons: could it function as a cosmetic? Anim Biol 60:1-10

Roberts ML & A Peters. 2009. Is testosterone immunosuppressive in a condition-dependent manner? An experimental test in blue tits. J Exp Biol 212:1811-1818

Hall ML & A Peters. 2009. Do male paternity-guards ensure female fidelity in a duetting fairy-wren? Behav Ecol 20(1):222-228

Roberts ML, E Ras & A Peters. 2009. Testosterone increases UV reflectance of sexually selected crown plumage in male blue tits. Behav Ecol 20(3):535-541

Catoni C, A Peters* & HM Schaefer*. 2009. Dietary flavonoids enhance conspicuousness of a melanin-based trait in male blackcaps but not of the female homologous trait or of sexually monochromatic traits. (*contributed equally) J Evol Biol 22(8): 1649-1657

Kingma SA, ML Hall, G Segelbacher & A Peters. 2009. Radical loss of an extreme extra-pair mating system. BMC Ecology 9: 15

Kempenaers B, A Peters & K Foerster. 2008. Sources of individual variation in plasma testosterone levels. Phil Trans R Soc B 363(1497):1711-1723

Delhey K & A Peters. 2008 Quantifying variability of avian colours: are signalling traits more variable? PloS ONE 3(2): e168

Peters A, K Delhey, S Andersson, H van Noordwijk & MI Förschler. 2008 Condition-dependence of multiple carotenoid-based plumage traits: an experimental study. Funct Ecol 22(5):831-839

Hall ML & A Peters. 2008 Coordination between the sexes for territorial defence in a duetting fairy-wren. Anim Behav 76(1):667-677

Catoni C, HM Schaefer & A Peters. 2008 Fruit for health: The effect of flavonoids on humoral immune response and food selection in a frugivorous bird. Funct Ecol 22(4):649-654

Catoni C, A Peters & HM Schaefer. 2008 Life history trade-offs are influenced by the diversity, availability, and interactions of dietary antioxidants. Anim Behav 76(4):1107-1119

Delhey, K, A Peters, P Biedermann & B Kempenaers. 2008 Optical properties of the uropygial gland secretion: no evidence for UV cosmetics in birds. Naturwissenschaften 95(10):939-946

Kurvers RHJM, ML Roberts, SR McWilliams & A Peters. 2008 Experimental manipulation of testosterone and condition during molt affects activity and vocalizations of male blue tits. Horm Behav 54:263-269

Peters A, K Delhey, A Johnsen, & B Kempenaers. 2007 The condition-dependent development of carotenoid-based and structural plumage in nestling blue tits: males and females differ. Am Nat 169: S122-136

Delhey K, A Peters & B Kempenaers. 2007 Cosmetic coloration in birds: occurrence, function and evolution. Am Nat 169: S145-158

Peters, A. 2007 Testosterone and carotenoids: an integrated view of trade-offs between immunity and sexual signalling. BioEssays 29(5):427-430

Delhey, K, A Peters, A Johnsen & B Kempenaers. 2007 Fertilization success and UV ornamentation in blue tits Cyanistes caeruleus: correlational and experimental evidence. Behav Ecol 18:399-409

Delhey, K, A Peters, A Johnsen & B Kempenaers. 2007 Brood sex ratio and male UV ornamentation in blue tits (Cyanistes caeruleus): correlational evidence and an experimental test. Behav Ecol Sociobiol 61:853-862

Peters, A. 2007 Testosterone treatment of female Superb Fairy-wrens induces a male-like pre-nuptial moult, but no coloured plumage. Ibis 149:121-127

Poesel, A, T Dabelsteen, S Darden, K Delhey & A Peters. 2007 Territorial responses of male blue tits, Cyanistes caeruleus, to UV-manipulated neighbours. J Ornithol 148(2):179-187

Delhey, K, A Peters, A Johnsen & B Kempenaers. 2006 Seasonal changes in blue tit crown color: do they signal individual quality? Behav Ecol 17: 790-798

Peters A, K Delhey, W Goymann, & B Kempenaers. 2006 Age-dependent association between testosterone and crown UV coloration in male blue tits (Parus caeruleus) Behav Ecol Sociobiol 59: 666-673

Denk, AG, A Holzman, A Peters, E Vermeirssen & B Kempenaers. 2005 Paternity in mallards: effects of sperm quality and female sperm selection for inbreeding avoidance Behav Ecol 16(5):825-833

Langmore NE, RM Kilner, SHM Butchart, G Maurer, NB Davies, A Cockburn, NA Macgregor, A Peters, MJL Magrath & DK Dowling. 2005 The evolution of egg rejection by cuckoo hosts in Australia and Europe. Behav Ecol 16(4): 686-692

Johnsen A, K Delhey, E Schlicht, A Peters, & B Kempenaers. 2005 Male sexual attractiveness and parental effort in blue tits: an experimental test of the differential allocation hypothesis. Anim Behav 70(4):877-888

Peters A, K Delhey, AG Denk & B Kempenaers. 2004 Tradeoffs between immune investment and sexual signaling in male mallards. Am Nat 164(1): 51-59

Peters A, AG Denk, K Delhey & B Kempenaers. 2004 Carotenoid-based bill colour as an indicator of immunocompetence and sperm performance in male mallards. J Evol Biol 17(5): 1111-1120

Delhey K, A Johnsen, A Peters, S Andersson & B Kempenaers. 2003 Paternity analysis reveals opposing selection pressures on crown coloration in the blue tit (Parus caeruleus) Proc R Soc Lond B 270: 2057-2063

Peters A, A Cockburn & R Cunningham. 2002 Testosterone treatment suppresses paternal care in superb fairy-wrens, Malurus cyaneus, despite their concurrent investment in courtship. Behav Ecol Sociobiol 51(6): 538-547

Peters A. 2002 Testosterone and the trade-off between mating and paternal effort in extra-pair mating superb fairy-wrens. Anim Behav 64(1): 103-112

Green DJ, A Peters & A Cockburn. 2002 Extra-pair paternity and mate guarding behaviour in the brown thornbill. Austral J Zool 50(6): 565-580

Peters A, LB Astheimer, & A Cockburn. 2001 The annual testosterone profile in cooperatively breeding superb fairy-wrens, Malurus cyaneus, reflects their extreme infidelity. Behav Ecol Sociobiol 50(6): 519-527

Peters A, LB Astheimer, CRJ Boland & A Cockburn. 2000 Testosterone is involved in acquisition and maintenance of sexually-selected male plumage in superb fairy-wrens, Malurus cyaneus. Behav Ecol Sociobiol 47(6): 438-445

Peters A. 2000 Testosterone treatment is immunosuppressive in superb fairy-wrens, yet free-living males with high testosterone are more immunocompetent. Proc R Soc Lond B 267(1446): 883-889

Peters A & NK Michiels. 1996 Do simultaneous hermaphrodites choose their mates? Effects of body size in a planarian flatworm. Freshw Biol 36: 623-630

Peters A, A Streng & NK Michiels. 1996 Mating behaviour in a hermaphroditic flatworm with reciprocal insemination: do they assess their mates during copulation? Ethology 102: 236-251

Peters A & NK Michiels. 1996 Evidence for lack of inbreeding avoidance by selective mating in a simultaneous hermaphrodite. Invert Biol 115(2): 99-103

Peters A, KJF Verhoeven, DCG van Piggelen & H Strijbosch. 1994 Caretta caretta (Loggerhead Sea Turtle) Predation. Herpetol Rev 25(3): 120

Peters A & KJF Verhoeven. 1994 Impact of artificial lighting on the seaward orientation of hatchling loggerhead turtles. J Herpetol 28(1): 112-114

Peters A, KJF Verhoeven & H Strijbosch. 1994 Hatching and emergence in the Turkish Mediterranean loggerhead turtle, Caretta caretta: natural causes for egg and hatchling failure. Herpetologica 50(3): 369-373

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