A password for species recognition in a brood-parasitic bird.

  title={A password for species recognition in a brood-parasitic bird.},
  author={Mark E Hauber and Stefano Russo and Paul W. Sherman},
  journal={Proceedings. Biological sciences},
  volume={268 1471},
Recognition of conspecifics is an essential precursor of sexual reproduction. Most mammals and birds learn salient features of their parents or siblings early in ontogeny and later recognize individuals whose phenotypes match the mental image (template) of relatives closely enough as conspecifics. However, the young of brood parasites are reared among heterospecifics, so social learning will yield inappropriate species recognition templates. Initially, it was inferred that conspecific… CONTINUE READING
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