Shiny cowbirds synchronize parasitism with host laying and puncture host eggs according to host characteristics

@article{Reboreda2009ShinyCS,
  title={Shiny cowbirds synchronize parasitism with host laying and puncture host eggs according to host characteristics},
  author={Juan C. Reboreda and Diego Tom{\'a}s Tuero and Juan Carlos Reboreda},
  journal={Animal Behaviour},
  year={2009},
  volume={77},
  pages={561-568}
}
Obligate avian brood parasites lay their eggs in nests of other species, which thereafter provide all parental care. Brood parasites synchronize parasitism with host laying and remove or puncture host eggs to increase their reproductive success, but the benefits of these behaviours may depend on hosts characteristics such as body size. We experimentally analysed the effects of synchronization between parasitism and host laying and reduction in number of host eggs on hatching success and chick… CONTINUE READING
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