Cuckoos combat socially transmitted defenses of reed warbler hosts with a plumage polymorphism.

@article{Thorogood2012CuckoosCS,
  title={Cuckoos combat socially transmitted defenses of reed warbler hosts with a plumage polymorphism.},
  author={Rose Thorogood and Nicholas B. Davies},
  journal={Science},
  year={2012},
  volume={337 6094},
  pages={578-80}
}
In predator-prey and host-parasite interactions, an individual's ability to combat an opponent often improves with experience--for example, by learning to identify enemy signals. Although learning occurs through individual experience, individuals can also assess threats from social information. Such recognition could promote the evolution of polymorphisms if socially transmitted defenses depend on enemy morph frequency. This would allow rare variants to evade detection. Female brood parasitic… CONTINUE READING
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