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The evolution of egg rejection by cuckoo hosts in Australia and Europe

Langmore, Naomi; Kilner, Rebecca; Butchart, S; Maurer, Golo; Davies, Noel; Cockburn, Andrew; Macgregor, Nicholas; Peters, Ann; Magrath, Michael; Dowling, D.


Exploitation of hosts by brood parasitic cuckoos is expected to stimulate a coevolutionary arms race of adaptations and counteradaptations. However, some hosts have not evolved defenses against parasitism. One hypothesis to explain a lack of host defenses is that the life-history strategies of some hosts reduce the cost of parasitism to the extent that accepting parasitic eggs in the nest is evolutionarily stable. Under this hypothesis, it pays hosts to accept cuckoo eggs if (1) the energetic...[Show more]

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Date published: 2005
Type: Journal article
Source: Behavioral Ecology
DOI: 10.1093/beheco/ari041


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