Relic behaviours, coevolution and the retention versus loss of host defences after episodes of avian brood parasitism

@article{Rothstein2001RelicBC,
  title={Relic behaviours, coevolution and the retention versus loss of host defences after episodes of avian brood parasitism},
  author={Stephen I. Rothstein},
  journal={Animal Behaviour},
  year={2001},
  volume={61},
  pages={95-107}
}
Most previous studies of brood parasitism have stressed that host defences, such as egg recognition, are lost in the absence of parasitism. Such losses could result in coevolutionary cycles in which parasites shift away from well-defended hosts only to switch back to them later at a time when these hosts have lost much or all of their defences and the parasite's current hosts have built up effective defences. However, the alternative 'single trajectory' model predicts that parasites rarely… CONTINUE READING
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