Evolution of defences against cuckoo (Cuculus canorus) parasitism in bramblings (Fringilla montifringilla): a comparison of four populations in Fennoscandia

  title={Evolution of defences against cuckoo (Cuculus canorus) parasitism in bramblings (Fringilla montifringilla): a comparison of four populations in Fennoscandia},
  author={Johan Reinert Vikan and B{\aa}rd Gunnar Stokke and Jarkko Rutila and Esa Huhta and Arne Moksnes and Eivin R\oskaft},
  journal={Evolutionary Ecology},
The brood parasitic common cuckoo Cuculus canorus has a history of coevolution that involves numerous passerine hosts, but today only a subset is known to be regularly parasitised in any area. In some hosts, there is significant variation in the occurrence of parasitism between populations, but still individuals in non-parasitised populations show strong antiparasite defences. In the present study we compared the strength of egg rejection of four distant Fennoscandian brambling Fringilla… CONTINUE READING
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