Spatial patterns of egg laying and multiple parasitism in a brood parasite: a non-territorial system in the great spotted cuckoo (Clamator glandarius)

@article{Martnez1998SpatialPO,
  title={Spatial patterns of egg laying and multiple parasitism in a brood parasite: a non-territorial system in the great spotted cuckoo (Clamator glandarius)},
  author={Juan Gabriel Mart{\'i}nez and Juan Jos{\'e} Soler and Manuel Soler and Terry Burke},
  journal={Oecologia},
  year={1998},
  volume={117},
  pages={286-294}
}
We analysed the spatial and temporal pattern of egg laying in great spotted cuckoo females using microsatellite typing to determine parentage of the eggs and nestlings found in host (magpie) nests. The results showed that there were no exclusive laying territories in the study area. Cases of multiparasitism could be due to single females laying two or more eggs in a nest, or to several females using the same nest. In the latter case multiparasitism was due to a shortage of available host nests… CONTINUE READING