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Does clutch variability differ between populations of cuckoo hosts in relation to the rate of parasitism?

Landstrom, Michelle; Heinsohn, Robert; Langmore, Naomi


To aid discrimination of mimetic cuckoo eggs, hosts of avian brood parasites would theoretically benefit by laying clutches that are more uniform in appearance and by laying clutches that differ from those of other females in the population. Support for these hypotheses is equivocal, particularly amongst studies that have utilized reflectance spectrophotometry; quantitative studies comparing clutch variation between parasitized and unparasitized host populations have supported these hypotheses,...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2010
Type: Journal article
Source: Animal Behaviour
DOI: 10.1016/j.anbehav.2010.10.022


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