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The costs of avian brood parasitism explain variation in egg rejection behaviour in hosts

Medina, Iliana; Langmore, Naomi


Many bird species can reject foreign eggs from their nests. This behaviour is thought to have evolved in response to brood parasites, birds that lay their eggs in the nest of other species. However, not all hosts of brood parasites evict parasitic eggs. In this study, we collate data from egg rejection experiments on 198 species, and perform comparative analyses to understand the conditions under which egg rejection evolves. We found evidence, we believe for the first time in a large-scale...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2015
Type: Journal article
Source: Biology Letters
DOI: 10.1098/rsbl.2015.0296


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