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Flexible cuckoo chick-rejection rules in the superb fairy-wren

Langmore, Naomi; Cockburn, Andrew; Russell, Andrew F.; Kilner, Rebecca


Recognition of brood parasitic cuckoo nestlings poses a challenge to hosts because cues expressed by cuckoos and host young may be very similar. In theory, hosts should use flexible recognition rules that maximize the likelihood of rejecting cuckoo nestlings while minimizing the risk of rejecting their own young. Our previous work revealed that female superb fairy-wrens Malurus cyaneus often abandoned nestling cuckoos and that the presence of a single chick in the nest was 1 trigger for...[Show more]

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Date published: 2009
Type: Journal article
Source: Behavioral Ecology
DOI: 10.1093/beheco/arp086


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