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Nestlings of some brood parasitic birds evict hosts' eggs and young soon after hatching, thereby avoiding discrimination by hosts while monopolizing parental care. Eviction carries a cost, however, because lone parasitic nestlings attract a reduced provisioning rate. Here we describe a form of visual signaling used by the evicting Horsfield's hawk-cuckoo(More)
The avian visual model has become nowadays a standard for quantifying colours of birds. Here, I review the biological bases of the importance of visual modelling to most ornithologists, focusing on the causes of the difference in colours to birds and to humans, both proximately and ultimately. Not only the sensitivity of retinal photoreceptors and(More)
Virulence of avian brood parasites can trigger a coevolutionary arms race, which favours rejection of parasitic eggs or chicks by host parents, and in turn leads to mimicry in parasite eggs or chicks [1-7]. The appearance of host offspring is critical to enable host parents to detect parasites. Thus, increasing accuracy of parasites' mimicry can favour a(More)
Numerous broken shells of a rare endemic snail Placostylus fibratus, a species rated as vulnerable, were scattered around rocky beds of dry creeks in rainforest of New Caledonian. We set a video camera near one site to identify the predator. We recorded a New Caledonian crow Corvus moneduloides dropping and consuming the snail. This is the first direct(More)
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