AVIAN VISION AND THE EVOLUTION OF EGG COLOR MIMICRY IN THE COMMON CUCKOO

@article{Stoddard2011AVIANVA,
  title={AVIAN VISION AND THE EVOLUTION OF EGG COLOR MIMICRY IN THE COMMON CUCKOO},
  author={M. Stoddard and M. Stevens},
  journal={Evolution},
  year={2011},
  volume={65}
}
Coevolutionary arms races are a potent force in evolution, and brood parasite–host dynamics provide classical examples. Different host‐races of the common cuckoo, Cuculus canorus, lay eggs in the nests of other species, leaving all parental care to hosts. Cuckoo eggs often (but not always) appear to match remarkably the color and pattern of host eggs, thus reducing detection by hosts. However, most studies of egg mimicry focus on human assessments or reflectance spectra, which fail to account… Expand
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