News tagged with brood parasitism

Fear of the cuckoo mafia

If a restaurant owner fails to pay the protection money demanded of him, he can expect his premises to be trashed. Warnings like these are seldom required, however, as fear of the consequences is enough to ...

Apr 17, 2014 4 / 5 (3) 0

Birds find ways to avoid raising cuckoos' young

Some species of birds reproduce not by rearing their own young, but by handing that task on to adults of other species. Known as brood parasitism, this habit has been most thoroughly researched in the cuckoo. ...

Apr 08, 2013 5 / 5 (2) 0

Natural born killers

(PhysOrg.com) -- Only a few days old and still blind and naked, chicks of the African greater honeyguide kill their newly hatched foster siblings in order to eliminate competition for parental care, new research from the ...

Sep 07, 2011 4.7 / 5 (3) 3 | with audio podcast

Cuckoo chicks in Zebra finches

(PhysOrg.com) -- Some female zebra finches foist a part of their eggs on their neighbours. Scientists of the Max Planck Institute for Ornithology in Seewiesen discovered that in every fifth nest there is one ...

Apr 22, 2010 not rated yet 0

Birds' strategic mobbing fends off parasitic invaders

Reed warblers use mobbing as a front line of nest defense against parasitic cuckoos, according to a new report published online on January 29th in Current Biology, a Cell Press publication. Cuckoos act as parasites by lay ...

Jan 29, 2009 5 / 5 (1) 0