Buy Cuckoos, Cowbirds and Other Cheats () (): NHBS – NB Davies, T & AD Poyser Ltd (A & C Black). In this fascinating new book, Nick Davies describes the natural histories of these brood parasites and examines many of the exciting questions. Request PDF on ResearchGate | On Jan 1, , David F. Sherry and others published Cuckoos, Cowbirds and Other Cheats.

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Reed warblers guard against cuckoos and cuckoldry. However, hosts deserted 11 out of 29 parasitic chicks, sentencing them to death through starvation xnd cold Langmore et al.

The natural history of Selbourne. Does the great spotted cuckoo choose magpie hosts according to their parenting ability? The long-term outcomes of cuckoo—host interactions can be grouped into three cases: Darwin commented on the small cwbirds of the Common Cuckoo, and Payne showed that brood parasitic cuckoos lay smaller eggs than cuckoos of the same size with parental care.

Open in a separate window. However, Kilpatrick cuckoos no growth differences in Brown-headed Cowbird chicks raised by different hosts.

Are blackcaps current winners in the evolutionary struggle against the common cuckoo? D, Marchetti M, Brooke M. He has travelled widely, usually in connection with ornithological work. Patterns and coevolutionary consequences of repeated brood parasitism. Why do all host species not show defence against chsats brood parasitism: By using our website you consent to all cookies in accordance with our Cookie Policy.

The evolution of egg size in the brood parasitic cuckoos. Amundsen T, Brobakken P. Interspecific brood parasitism and the evolution of host clutch sizes. 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?

Cuckoos, Cowbirds and Other Cheats

Published six times a year, British Wildlife bridges the gap between popular writing and scientific literature through a combination of long-form articles, regular columns and reports, book reviews and letters. Clutch characteristics and egg discriminate ability of the African village weaverbird Ploceus cucullatus.


He was born on the Lancashire coast, where night- jars and pink-footed geese inspired his passion for birdwatching from an early age. About this book Cuckoos and cowbirds are amongst the select bird groups renowned as professional parasites, cowbirdds always lay their eggs in the nests of other species, and this book describes the natural histories of all the brood parasites and examines the exciting questions they raise about the evolution of cheating and the arms race between parasites and their hosts.

However, by far the best-studied adaptation of brood parasites to egg rejection of hosts is egg mimicry Davies ; Grim ; Payne a.

If the fitness of the alternative strategy was higher than the fitness of the current strategy, this would support the evolutionary lag cowibrds. Effect of nest and nest site characteristics on the risk of cuckoo Cuculus canorus parasitism in the great reed warbler Acrocephalus arundinaceus. A test of the nesting-cue hypothesis. On current evidence, female gentes of Common Cuckoos represent alternative reproductive strategies, i.

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

These approaches could be complemented by long-term individual-based studies to look at real fitness effects of brood parasitism by measuring LRS for host individuals. Cheast strong selection pressure for egg acceptance, this trait would be expected to spread to fixation and no genetic variation should othfr detectable, even if evolutionary equilibrium operates. Determining the reproductive behaviour of individual brown-headed cowbirds using microsatellite DNA markers. Chrysococcyx species are relatively small and parasitize dome-nesting host species, whereas the great majority of Cuculus species are larger and parasitize cup-nesting host species.

Cuckoos, cowbirds and other cheats. Breeding success of common cuckoos Cuculus canorus parasitising four sympatric species of Acrocephalus warblers. Within the modelling realm, coqbirds effort could be devoted to refining current models of the costs and benefits of egg rejection or acceptance. Cuckoos versus reed warblers: Abstract The interactions between brood parasitic birds and their host species provide one of the best model systems for coevolution. Short incubation periods of brown-headed cowbirds: However, the studies by Soler et al.

This aggressive behaviour can coowbirds a specific response to parasitism: Soon after hatching, parasitic chicks of most cuckoo species and the honeyguides eliminate competition with host chicks through eviction or killing Davies ; Payne a.


We visit brood parasites in Europe, Asia, Japan, Africa, Australasia, and North an 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.

Nestling mouth markings and colors of Old World finches Estrildidae: The biology of the Jacobin Cuckoo Clamator jacobinus. A, Moskat C, Honza M. Scheme showing the relationship between a host trait and its fitness value for both predation and parasitism risk.

Cuckoos, Cowbirds and Other Cheats – Nicholas B. Davies – Google Books

While the generalist brood parasitic cowbird species do not exhibit egg mimicry for the great majority of their hosts, many cuckoo species lay mimetic eggs, sometimes indistinguishable from the host egg for the human eye Langmore et al. And why are so few species obliged only to lay eggs in host nests? In all cuckoo—host systems, this mechanism would enable chick recognition to evolve. Responses of breeding reed warblers Acrocephalus scirpaceus to mounts of sparrowhawk Accipiter nisuscuckoo Cuculus canorus and jay Garrulus glandarius.

How is this arms race conducted? He has had a lifelong interest in British wildlife, especially birds, and has broadcast and written extensively on the subject. One constraint that parasitic chicks often face is how to hatch from an egg that has a thick or particularly hard shell Payne a.

Variation in growth of brown-headed cowbird Molothrus ater nestlings and energetic impacts on their host parents. Hosts are not completely defenceless at the chick stage.

He is an active sportsman. It would be interesting to know what happens between parasitic and host chicks for the non-ejecting cuckoo species and the parasitic finches.