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Cuckoos, Cowbirds and Other Cheats

While many host species appear defenseless, accepting parasite eggs quite unlike their chezts, many are more discriminating against odd-looking eggs and some have evolved the ability to discriminate against odd-looking chicks as well.

In contrast, chicks of a few cuckoo species, cowbirds and parasitic finches are commonly raised together with the host chicks. Benton Richard Fortey View All.

With illustrations by David Quinn. In the parasitic finches, imprinting on host song is crucial for parasitic males’ later mating success Payne et al. In a further study, Kleven et al. In other words, parasitism is non-random. Patterns and coevolutionary consequences of repeated brood parasitism. Support Center Support Center. Cuckoos are not coabirds only birds that fool other species into ccheats their chicks: Survival and anti-parasite defense in a host metapopulation under heavy brood parasitism: Molecular genetic perspectives on avian brood parasitism.

For example, the Common Cuckoo—Reed Warbler system shows dynamic behaviour at least in one location.

D, Marchetti M, Brooke M. However, if an increasing trait value decreases predation risk but increases parasitism risk, balancing selection occurs with the optimal trait value being determined by the fitness slopes for predation and parasitism and their respective frequency.

Evolutionary outcomes of parasite—host interactions include continued exploitation of naive hosts, coexistence between parasite and host with dynamic behaviour of the host and fluctuating levels of brood parasitism, and finally host switch by parasites, induced by host defences that prevent continued brood parasitism.

The spatial habitat structure of host populations explains the pattern of rejection behaviour in hosts and parasitic adaptations in cuckoos. Learning to recognize nestlings is maladaptive for cuckoo Cuculus carnorus hosts.

The Common Cuckoo—Dunnock system would be an example of continued exploitation with no host defences.


The general approach is illustrated in figure 3 and can also be used to look at the population dynamics of a parasite—host system Takasu et al. I identify four main areas that might be especially fruitful: This aggressive behaviour can be a specific response to parasitism: The natural history of Selbourne.

The quintessential cheat The interactions between avian brood parasites and their hosts provide a remarkable diversity of sophisticated adaptations, but sometimes there also seems to be a surprising lack of adaptations Davies Hosts, meanwhile, have evolved larger inter-clutch variation but smaller intra-clutch variation Stokke et al.

Using a maximum-likelihood approach Pagelit was possible to construct the most likely evolutionary pathway between the presumed ancestral state and that displayed by modern brood parasitic species figure 1. While hosts can learn the appearance of the eggs through imprinting on their first clutch Lotem et al. E, Hunt S, Kilner R.

Cuckoos, Cowbirds and Other Cheats (Poyser Monographs) Nick Davies: T & AD Poyser

Here is a book with wide appeal, both to amateur naturalists fascinated by this most singular and macabre of behaviors and by ornithologists and ecologists interested in the evolution of ecology and behavior. The key counter-adaptation of hosts before a parasitic egg is laid is aggression towards the parasitic female Moksnes et al.

Have host defenses limited the success of brood parasitism, or is it in fact much more common than we suspect, but occurring mainly when birds parasitize the nest of their own kind?

Cowbirdss reproductive strategies and tactics: Kattan showed that shiny cowbird eggs have a reduced energy content to reduce incubation length. After a first degree at Cambridge, he did his doctorate at the Edward Grey Institute, Oxford University, studying the territorial behaviour of Pied Wagtails. Brood parasitism imposes costs on hosts at the egg stage: Brood parasites using more than one host anx have been shown to evolve host-specific egg morphs females laying a particular egg morph being often referred to as a genswith genes coding for the egg pattern being most likely located on the female-specific W-chromosome Gibbs othe al.

The hormonal control of begging and early aggressive behaviour: Differences in the nestling begging calls of hosts and host-races of the common cuckoo, Cuculus canorus.


Cuckoos, cowbirds and hosts: adaptations, trade-offs and constraints

Site selection and repeatability in brown-headed cowbird Molothrus ater parasitism of eastern phoebe Sayornis phoebe nests. They provide unique examples of trade-offs and situations where constraints are either completely removed or particularly severe. As astonishing as the variety of adaptations and counter-adaptations at the egg stage is the apparent lack of adaptations in some parasite—host systems. Costs of brood parasitism and the lack of defences in the yellow-winged blackbird—shiny cowbird system.

Here is a book with wide appeal, both to amateur naturalists fascinated by this most singular and macabre of behaviors and by ornithologists and ecologists interested in the evolution of ecology and behavior. Detecting correlated evolution on phylogenies: How is this arms race conducted? Brood parasites fill their armory with adaptations including exquisite egg mimicry, rapid laying, ejection of host eggs, murder of host young, chick mimicry and manipulative begging behavior: How is this arms race conducted?

The model assumes that there are costs of acceptance and also costs of rejecting a parasitic egg. Indeed, Soler et al. Modelling the population dynamics of a cuckoo—host association and the evolution of host defences. Brood parasites fill their armory with adaptations including exquisite The History of British Mammals. A, Chaline N, Stewart I. Hence, from a lifetime reproductive success LRS perspective, being parasitized in the first but see Lotem or last breeding attempt is likely to be less costly than being parasitized during the prime years.

We visit brood parasites in Europe, Asia, Japan, Africa, Australasia, and North and South America, to look at some of the worlds most interesting birds and some of biology’s most interesting questions, many of which still beg answers from ornithologists in the future.

If parasitized, the defence mechanism would be ineffective but there would not be other costs. Will defenseless hosts develop defenses in time, or are there constraints which limit the evolution and perfection of host defenses?