A comparative study of host selection in the European cuckoo Cuculus canorus

@article{Soler1999ACS,
  title={A comparative study of host selection in the European cuckoo Cuculus canorus},
  author={Juan Jos{\'e} Soler and Anders Pape M\oller and Manuel Soler},
  journal={Oecologia},
  year={1999},
  volume={118},
  pages={265-276}
}
Certain kinds of hosts are commonly regarded as being more suitable than other for rearing European cuckoos (Cuculus canorus) – insectivores that lay small eggs and have open, shallow nests – although empirical tests of cuckoo host selection are lacking. We analysed host use by the European cuckoo in 72 British passerines that are potential hosts and for which there was information available on life-history variables and variables related to cuckoo-host coevolution, such as rate of parasitism… CONTINUE READING
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