A single ancient origin of brood parasitism in African finches: implications for host-parasite coevolution.

@article{Sorenson2001ASA,
  title={A single ancient origin of brood parasitism in African finches: implications for host-parasite coevolution.},
  author={Michael D Sorenson and Robert B. Payne},
  journal={Evolution; international journal of organic evolution},
  year={2001},
  volume={55 12},
  pages={2550-67}
}
Robust phylogenies for brood-parasitic birds, their hosts, and nearest nesting relatives provide the framework to address historical questions about host-parasite coevolution and the origins of parasitic behavior. We tested phylogenetic hypotheses for the two genera of African brood-parasitic finches, Anomalospiza and Vidua, using mitochondrial DNA sequence data from 43 passeriform species. Our analyses strongly support a sister relationship between Vidua and Anomalospiza, leading to the… CONTINUE READING