Cuckoos, Cowbirds and Other Cheats

@inproceedings{Davies2000CuckoosCA,
  title={Cuckoos, Cowbirds and Other Cheats},
  author={Nigel Davies and David Quinn},
  year={2000}
}
Acknowledgements ix 1. A monstrous outrage on maternal affection 1 2. One hundred brood parasites and some puzzles 11 3. The Common Cuckoo and its hosts 26 4. Co-evolution of host defences and Common Cuckoo trickery 43 5. How to spot a cuckoo egg 59 6. Driving parents cuckoo 70 7. Bronze-cuckoos in Africa and Australia 82 8. The non-evicting cuckoos: manipulative nestlings and Mafia tactics 98 9. Cuckoos versus hosts: who wins? 117 10. The Brown-headed Cowbird and its conquest of North America… 
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