Rapid increase in cuckoo egg matching in a recently parasitized reed warbler population

@article{Avils2006RapidII,
  title={Rapid increase in cuckoo egg matching in a recently parasitized reed warbler population},
  author={J. Avil{\'e}s and B. Stokke and A. Moksnes and E. R{\O}skaft and M. {\AA}smul and A. M{\O}ller},
  journal={Journal of Evolutionary Biology},
  year={2006},
  volume={19}
}
Parasitic cuckoos lay eggs that mimic those of their hosts, and such close phenotypic matching may arise from coevolutionary interactions between parasite and host. However, cuckoos may also explicitly choose hosts in a way that increases degree of matching between eggs of cuckoos and parasites, with female preference for specific host phenotypes increasing the degree of matching. We tested for temporal change in degree of matching between eggs of the parasitic European cuckoo (Cuculus canorus… Expand
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