Host Sexual Selection and Cuckoo Parasitism: an Analysis of Nest Size in Sympatric and Allopatric Magpie Pica Pica Populations Parasitized by the Great Spotted Cuckoo Clamator Glandarius

@inproceedings{JosesolerHostSS,
  title={Host Sexual Selection and Cuckoo Parasitism: an Analysis of Nest Size in Sympatric and Allopatric Magpie Pica Pica Populations Parasitized by the Great Spotted Cuckoo Clamator Glandarius},
  author={Juan Jose¨soler and Juan Gabriel Mart¨nez and Manuel Soler and Anders Pape M{\"o}ller}
}
  • Juan Jose¨soler, Juan Gabriel Mart|¨nez, +1 author Anders Pape Möller
Magpies (Pica pica) build large nests that are the target of sexual selection, since males of early breeding pairs provide many sticks for nests and females mated to such males enjoy a material ¢tness bene¢t in terms of better quality territory and parental care of superior quality. Great spotted cuckoos (Clamator glandarius) preferentially parasitize large magpie nests and sexual selection for large nests is thus opposed by natural selection due to brood parasitism. Consistent with the… CONTINUE READING