Egg-spot pattern rather than egg colour affects conspecific egg rejection in the house sparrow (Passer domesticus)

@article{LpezdeHierro2009EggspotPR,
  title={Egg-spot pattern rather than egg colour affects conspecific egg rejection in the house sparrow (Passer domesticus)},
  author={M. Dolores G. L{\'o}pez-de-Hierro and Gregorio Moreno-Rueda},
  journal={Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology},
  year={2009},
  volume={64},
  pages={317-324}
}
Brood parasitism could be a selective pressure on each female to have a type of egg that permits recognition. House sparrows (Passer domesticus) undergo conspecific brood parasitism and can recognise parasitic eggs. In this study, we analyse the effect of relative size in experimental parasitic eggs compared to the host eggs. We modified egg colour and the spot pattern to determine the influence of these characteristics on egg rejection. Furthermore, we examine whether egg rejection increases… CONTINUE READING
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