How do cuckoos find their hosts? The role of habitat imprinting

@article{Teuschl1998HowDC,
  title={How do cuckoos find their hosts? The role of habitat imprinting},
  author={Y Teuschl and Barbara Taborsky and Michael Taborsky},
  journal={Animal Behaviour},
  year={1998},
  volume={56},
  pages={1425-1433}
}
Although a number of hypotheses have been proposed for how European cuckoo, Cuculus canorus, females may find hosts belonging to their foster parents' species, clear evidence is lacking for any of them. Here, we propose 'habitat imprinting' as an alternative mechanism for host selection and provide evidence that cuckoos are able to remember acquired information about a familiar habitat. We hand-reared seven cuckoos in one of five different artificial habitats and tested them as adults in… 

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