Rejection of parasitic eggs in relation to egg appearance in magpies

@article{Avils2004RejectionOP,
  title={Rejection of parasitic eggs in relation to egg appearance in magpies},
  author={Jes{\'u}s Miguel Avil{\'e}s and Juan Jose´ Soler and Manuel Soler and Anders Pape M\oller},
  journal={Animal Behaviour},
  year={2004},
  volume={67},
  pages={951-958}
}
The coevolutionary process between avian brood parasites and their hosts predicts that low intraclutch variation in egg colour appearance favours egg discrimination of parasite eggs by hosts. Low intraclutch variation would also result in high interclutch variation, which would increase the difficulty of evolution of mimicry by the cuckoo, because many host colour patterns might coexist in the same host population. We explored this possibility using an experimental approach in the common magpie… CONTINUE READING
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