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Calling at a cost: elevated nestling calling attracts predators to active nests

Haff, Tonya; Magrath, Robert D


Begging by nestling birds has been used to test evolutionary models of signalling but theory has outstripped evidence. Eavesdropping predators potentially impose a cost on begging that ensures signal honesty, yet little experimental evidence exists for such a cost at active nests because the use of artificial nests, long playback bouts and absence of parents may have exaggerated costs. We broadcast short periods (1 h) of either nestling vocalizations or background noise at active white-browed...[Show more]

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Date published: 2011
Type: Journal article
Source: Biology Letters
DOI: 10.1098/rsbl.2010.1125


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