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Batten down the thatches: Front-line defences in an apparently defenceless cuckoo host

Medina, Iliana; Langmore, Naomi

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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, in Australia. Here we tested whether the lack of egg and chick rejection in yellow-rumped...[Show more]

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Date published: 2016
Type: Journal article
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1885/103524
Source: Animal Behaviour
DOI: 10.1016/j.anbehav.2015.12.006

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