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- Macías‐Sánchez, E., et al. Show all 6 Authors
- Journal of evolutionary biology 2014 v.27 no.6 pp. 1265-1270
- Cuculidae; Pica pica; brood parasitism; cotton; defensive behavior; eggs; hosts; humans; models; nests; odors; parasites; smell; smoke; tobacco
- ... One of the most important defensive host traits against brood parasitism is the detection and ejection of parasitic eggs from their nests. Here, we explore the possible role of olfaction in this defensive behaviour. We performed egg‐recognition tests in magpie Pica pica nests with model eggs resembling those of parasitic great spotted cuckoos Clamator glandarius. In one of the experiment, experime ...