The Avian Brood Parasites
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The Avian Brood Parasites : Deception at the Nest

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Obligatory brood parasites are birds that reproduce by laying their eggs in the nests of other species. This book discusses the ecological and evolutionary aspects of this remarkable behavioural adaptation.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 422 pages
  • 156 x 233.9 x 25.4mm | 771.12g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • New
  • numerous line figures, tables
  • 0195110420
  • 9780195110425

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'...Nowhere else can such a rich and useful compendium be found between two covers...No other source provides so much information about the basic biolgoy of so many brood parasites.' * M. de L. Brooke, Ibis, 141, 151-166 * "A useful summary of the natural history of avian brood parasitism" Ostrich
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Table of contents

Part One: Comparative Biology ; 1. An Overview of Brood Parasitism ; 2. Eco-morphology and Interspecific Mimicry ; 3. Behavioral and Reproductive Ecology ; 4. Breeding Behavior ; 5. Host-retaliation: The Co-evolutionary Arms-race ; Part Two: The Avian Brood Parasites ; I. Waterfowl (Family Anatidae) ; II. Honeyguides (Family Indicatoridae) ; III. Old World Cuckoos (Family Cuculidae) ; IV. ; V. African Parasitic Finches (Family Passeridae) ; VI. Parasitic Cowbirds (Tribe Icterini) ; Part Three: Appendices ; 1. Glossary ; 2. Latin Names of Birds
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