Parasitic Birds and Their Hosts

Parasitic Birds and Their Hosts : Studies in Coevolution

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This book is the first to present a copmprehensive overview of the diverse kinds of birds and interactions involved in avian brood parasitism. This phenomenon has attracted the interests of naturalists and evolutionists since Darwin, yet very few researchers applied modern evolutionary theory and experimental methods to the study of the adaptations for and against brood parasitism by parasitic birds and their hosts until 25 years ago. The amount of work being done on parasitic birds has grown at an accelerating rate in the last decade as numerous researchers have begun to pursue the study of these more

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  • Hardback | 456 pages
  • 180 x 258 x 30mm | 920.81g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • New
  • 9 halftones, numerous line drawings
  • 0195099761
  • 9780195099768

Review quote

'...the first comprehensive review of the ecology of avian brood parasites...The book is well documented and should be a useful reference text.' * ASLIB Book Guide, vol. 64, No. 5, May 1999 *show more

Table of contents

Preface ; Dedication to Herbert Friedmann ; Section 1 - Overview and Commentary ; Ch. 1: The Evolution and Ecology of Brood Parasitism ; Section 2 - Coevolution Between Cuckoos and Their Hosts ; Ch. 2: Cuckoos Versus Hosts: Experimental Evidence for Coevolution ; Ch. 3: Host Use and Egg Color of Japanese Cuckoos ; Ch. 4: Coevolution Between the Common Cuckoo and Its Major Hosts in Japan: Stable Versus Dynamic Specialization on Hosts ; Ch. 5: Duration of Sympatry and Coevolution Between the Great Spotted Cuckoo and its Primary Host, the Magpie ; Ch. 6: Coevolution of the Great Spotted Cuckoo and its Hosts ; Ch. 7: Behavior and Ecology of the Shining Cuckoo Chrysococcyx lucidus ; Ch. 8: Nestling Eviction and Vocal Behavior in the Australian Glossy Cuckoos Chrysococcyx Basalis and C. lucidus ; Section 3 - Coevolution Between Cowbirds and Their Hosts ; Ch. 9: Interactions of the Parasitic Screaming and Shiny Cowbirds with a Shared Host, the Bay-winged Cowbird ; Ch. 10: Nest Defense by potential Hosts of the Brown-headed Cowbird: Methodological Approaches, Benefits of Defense, and Coevolution ; Ch. 11: Impact of Brood Parasitism: Why do House Wrens Accept Shiny Cowbird Eggs? ; Section 4 - Models of Parasite-Host Coevolution: Equilibrium Versus Lag ; Ch. 12: Evolutionary Equilibria in Avian Brood Parasitism: An Alternative to the "Arms Race-Evolutionary Lag" Concept ; Ch. 13: Coevolution Between Brood Parasites and Their Hosts: An Optimality Theory Approach ; Ch. 14: Brood Parasitism, Recognition, and Response: The Options ; Section 5 - Effects of Parasitism on Host Population Dynamics ; Ch. 15: Consequences of Brown-headed Cowbird Brood Parasitism for Host Population Dynamics ; Ch. 16: Spatial Variation in Parasitism of Song Sparrows by Brown-headed Cowbirds ; Ch. 17: Potential Impoacts of Cowbird Range Expansion in Florida ; Section 6 - Consequences of Parasitism for the Mating Systems and Life Histories of Brood Parasites ; Ch. 18: Variability in the Mating Systems of Parasitic Birds ; Section 7 - Conspecific Brood Parasitism ; Ch. 19: Patterns of Parasitic Egg Laying and Typical Nesting in Redhead and Canvasback Ducks ; Ch. 20: Quality Cotrol and the Important Questions in Avian Conspecific Parasitism ; Ch. 21: Density-dependent Intraspecific Nest Parasitism and Anti-parasite Behavior in the Barn Swallow Hirundo Rustica ; Ch. 22: Egg-discrimination and Egg-color Variability in the Northern Masked Weaver: The Importance of Conspecific Versus Interspecific Parasitism ; Section 8 - Major Unresolved Questions ; Ch. 23: Major Unanswered Questions in the Study of Avian Brood Parasitismshow more