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Macroevolutionary outcomes of coevolution between avian brood parasites and their hosts

Medina-Guzman, Iliana

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Almost one hundred bird species in the world are known to be obligate interspecific brood parasites. These lay their eggs in the nests of other species, their hosts, which take care of a usually larger parasitic chick. Brood parasitism constitutes one of the best examples of coevolution in the animal kingdom. This strategy is usually costly to the host, and has led to the evolution of a suite of adaptations in hosts, in order to defend themselves against...[Show more]

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Date published: 2016-05
Type: Thesis (PhD)
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1885/101811

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