Food acquisition by common cuckoo chicks in rufous bush robin nests and the advantage of eviction behaviour

  title={Food acquisition by common cuckoo chicks in rufous bush robin nests and the advantage of eviction behaviour},
  author={David Mart{\'i}n-G{\'a}lvez and Manuel Soler and Juan Jos{\'e} Soler and Manuel Mart{\'i}n-Vivaldi and Jos{\'e} Javier Palomino},
  journal={Animal Behaviour},
The common cuckoo, Cuculus canorus, is a brood parasite that monopolizes parental care of its host species: soon after hatching, the chicks remove the host offspring. Although cuckoo chicks trick their foster parents into providing enough food, it is unknown whether cuckoo begging behaviour represents an advantage over that of the host chicks in a hypothetical competitive scenario. We studied the feeding behaviour of rufous bush robins, Cercotrichas galactotes, when rearing their own and… CONTINUE READING


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