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The spatial organization and mating system of Horsfield's bronze-cuckoos, Chalcites basalis

Langmore, Naomi; Adcock, Gregory; Kilner, Rebecca


In theory, liberation from parental care in brood parasites should facilitate polygamous matings by both sexes. We used a combination of mtDNA and microsatellite analysis to reconstruct sibling groups of Horsfield's bronze-cuckoo chicks to infer the mating system of this species. By mapping the distribution of sibling groups we also inferred the breeding ranges and breeding duration of individual cuckoos. Genetic analysis revealed that individual female cuckoos laid distinctive egg types,...[Show more]

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Date published: 2007
Type: Journal article
Source: Animal Behaviour
DOI: 10.1016/j.anbehav.2006.09.019


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