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Problem: A male peacock has enormous tail feathers that it uses in mating displays to attract females. While the tail feathers are an advantage in mating, what is the potential disadvantage of these feathers to the male? a.  The feathers require a lot of energy to produceb.  Bright feathers make males less susceptible to predationc.  The feathers make the male more attractive to other malesd.  There are no disadvantages to having large tail featherse.  The large tail feathers would make it easier to fly

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A male peacock has enormous tail feathers that it uses in mating displays to attract females. While the tail feathers are an advantage in mating, what is the potential disadvantage of these feathers to the male? 

a.  The feathers require a lot of energy to produce

b.  Bright feathers make males less susceptible to predation

c.  The feathers make the male more attractive to other males

d.  There are no disadvantages to having large tail feathers

e.  The large tail feathers would make it easier to fly

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