Cuckoos versus reed warblers: Adaptations and counteradaptations

@article{Davies1988CuckoosVR,
  title={Cuckoos versus reed warblers: Adaptations and counteradaptations},
  author={N. Davies and M. Brooke},
  journal={Animal Behaviour},
  year={1988},
  volume={36},
  pages={262-284}
}
  • N. Davies, M. Brooke
  • Published 1988
  • Biology
  • Animal Behaviour
  • Abstract At study sites in Cambridgeshire, England, the percentage of reed warbler, Acrocephalus scirpaceus , nests parasitized by cuckoos, Cuculus canorus , in 2 years was 22·5% and 9·1%. The warblers rejected cuckoo eggs at 19% of parasitized nests. Parasitized clutches suffered less predation than unparasitized clutches, suggesting that the cuckoo itself was the major predator, plundering nests too advanced for parasitism so that the hosts would re-lay. The cuckoos laid a mimetic egg… CONTINUE READING
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