Color plumage polymorphism and predator mimicry in brood parasites

Abstract

Plumage polymorphism may evolve during coevolution between brood parasites and their hosts if rare morph(s), by contravening host search image, evade host recognition systems better than common variant(s). Females of the parasitic common cuckoo (Cuculus canorus) are a classic example of discrete color polymorphism: gray females supposedly mimic the… (More)
DOI: 10.1186/1742-9994-10-25

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