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- Yang, Canchao; Wang, Longwu; Liang, Wei; Møller, Anders Pape
- Animal behaviour 2016 v.122 pp. 177-181
- parasitism, etc ; Acrocephalus; Cuculus canorus; animal behavior; coevolution; eggs; hosts; models; nests; parasites; phenotype; Show all 11 Subjects
- ... Recent studies have suggested that parasitic cuckoos have evolved laying behaviour resulting in matching of host and cuckoo eggs by choosing to lay eggs in host nests with host eggs that match the cuckoo eggs as an adaptation against egg recognition by the hosts. However, previous studies provided weak and indirect evidence with mixed results, leaving this question unresolved. Here, for the first ...
- Medina, Iliana; Langmore, Naomi E.
- Animal behaviour 2016 v.112 pp. 195-201
- brood parasitism, etc ; sympatry; parasites; nests; evolution; hosts; phenology; eggs; Acanthiza chrysorrhoa; antipredatory behavior; chicks; Australia; Show all 12 Subjects
- ... Avian brood parasites lay their eggs in the nests of other species, imposing high costs on their hosts. In theory, this should select for the evolution of defences against parasitism in hosts, yet eviction of parasite eggs or chicks is absent in many host species. One such host is the yellow-rumped thornbill, Acanthiza chrysorrhoa, the primary host of the shining bronze-cuckoo, Chalcites lucidus, ...