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"Jack-of-all-trades" egg mimicry in the brood parasitic Horsfield's bronze-cuckoo?

Feeney, William; Stoddard, Mary Caswell; Kilner, Rebecca; Langmore, Naomi

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Parasitism of multiple host species by a generalist poses the difficulty of overcoming a potentially diverse array of host defenses. In some generalist avian obligate brood parasites, selection for egg mimicry by hosts has given rise to host-specific races (gentes), each of which lays an egg that mimics that of its favored host. However, it is unknown how generalist parasites lacking races are able to circumvent egg rejection by hosts. The Horsfield's bronze-cuckoo, Chalcites basalis, is a...[Show more]

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Date published: 2014
Type: Journal article
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1885/66562
Source: Behavioral Ecology
DOI: 10.1093/beheco/aru133

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