brood parasitism

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brood parasitism

[¦brüd ‚par·ə·sə‚tiz·əm]
(ecology)
A type of social parasitism among birds characterized by a bird of one species laying and abandoning its eggs in the nest of a bird of another species.
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Differential reproductive success favors strong host preference in a highly specialized brood parasite.
Cowbird removals unexpectedly increase productivity of a brood parasite and the songbird host.
Other "hot" brood parasite research topics of particular interest to ecologists that are given short shrift in this volume, at least relative to recent research emphases, include landscape-based host selection strategies and the evolution of shortened incubation periods.
The great spotted cuckoo Clamator glandarius is an obligate brood parasite that in Europe mainly parasitizes the magpie Pica pica (Cramp 1985).
Red-winged Blackbirds (Agelaius phoeniceus, hereafter blackbirds) respond to cowbirds as a brood parasite rather than as a nest predator (Neudorf and Sealy, 1992; Gill et al.
Avian eggshells exhibit a variety of colors and patterns whose functions include camouflage, detection of brood parasites, and facilitation of embryonic development.
Naturalists have ventured that cowbirds adapted to this nomadic existence by becoming brood parasites and depositing their eggs in nests built and incubated by birds of other species.
I don't think that the results are broadly applicable to brood parasites in general," says Stephen Rothstein of the University of California, Santa Barbara.
Feeding of nestling and fledgling brood parasites by individuals other than the foster parents: a review.
By the way, cuckoos are brood parasites and they too commit 'small mistakes'.
mexicana cells were followed by three Megachile cells and a final plug made by the bee; two of the three bee cells in this nest contained brood parasites, including one Coelioxys moesta Cresson (Megachilidae) and one Anthrax sp.