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Cuckoos versus hosts in insects and birds: adaptations, counter-adaptations and outcomes

Kilner, Rebecca; Langmore, Naomi

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Avian parents and social insect colonies are victimized by interspecific brood parasites-cheats that procure costly care for their dependent offspring by leaving them in another species' nursery. Birds and insects defend themselves from attack by brood parasites; their defences in turn select counter-strategies in the parasite, thus setting in motion antagonistic co-evolution between the two parties. Despite their considerable taxonomic disparity, here we show striking parallels in the way that...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2011
Type: Journal article
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1885/64168
Source: Biological Reviews
DOI: 10.1111/j.1469-185X.2010.00173.x

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