Avian Brood Parasitism

Behaviour, Ecology, Evolution and Coevolution

  • Manuel Soler

Part of the Fascinating Life Sciences book series (FLS)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Coevolution and Diversification of Interspecific Brood Parasites

  3. Conspecific Brood Parasitism

  4. Brood Parasites as Study Models

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 143-143
    2. Brian D. Peer, James W. Rivers, Loren Merrill, Scott K. Robinson, Stephen I. Rothstein
      Pages 161-187
    3. Anders Pape Møller, Federico Morelli, Piotr Tryjanowski
      Pages 189-201
    4. Mélanie F. Guigueno, David F. Sherry
      Pages 203-218
    5. Vittorio Baglione, Daniela Canestrari
      Pages 219-231
  5. Host Use by Brood Parasites

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 233-233
    2. Wei Liang, Canchao Yang, Anders Pape Møller
      Pages 251-267
  6. Coevolutionary Interactions at Any Stage

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 269-269
    2. M. Soler, T. Pérez-Contreras, J. J. Soler
      Pages 271-286
  7. Coevolutionary Interactions at the Prelaying Stage

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 305-305
    2. Juan C. Reboreda, Vanina D. Fiorini, María C. De Mársico, Ros Gloag, Romina C. Scardamaglia
      Pages 325-342
  8. Coevolutionary Interactions at the Laying Stage

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 343-343
    2. Canchao Yang, Wei Liang, Anders Pape Møller
      Pages 345-361
    3. Bård G. Stokke, Frode Fossøy, Eivin Røskaft, Arne Moksnes
      Pages 363-384
    4. Mélanie F. Guigueno, Spencer G. Sealy
      Pages 385-399
    5. Marcel Honza, Michael I. Cherry
      Pages 401-419
    6. Daniela Campobello, Spencer G. Sealy, Justin A. Welbergen
      Pages 421-436
    7. Thomas Manna, Csaba Moskát, Mark E. Hauber
      Pages 437-448
  9. Coevolutionary Interactions at the Nestling and Fledgling Stages

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 473-473
    2. Csaba Moskát, Mark E. Hauber, Matthew I. M. Louder
      Pages 475-492
    3. María C. De Mársico, Vanina D. Fiorini, Diego T. Tuero, Ros Gloag, Cynthia A. Ursino, Juan C. Reboreda
      Pages 557-574

About this book


Brood parasitism has become one of the most flourishing areas of research in evolutionary ecology and one of the best model systems for investigating coevolution. This subject has undergone remarkable advances during the last two decades, but has not been covered by any book in the 21st century.

This book offers a comprehensive and up-to-date overview of the fascinating field of avian brood parasitism. The topics covered include conspecific brood parasitism; evolution and phylogenetic history of avian brood parasites; parasitic behaviour used by brood parasites; adaptations and counter-adaptations of brood parasites and their hosts at every stage of the breeding cycle (before laying, egg, chick and fledgling stages); factors affecting the evolution of host defences and parasitic attacks; the role of phenotypic plasticity in host defences; mechanisms driving egg recognition and rejection; evolution of nest sharing or nest killing by brood parasite chicks; begging behaviour in parasitized nests and food delivery by host adults; and recognition of conspecifics by juvenile brood parasites. This volume provides a comprehensive reference resource for readers and researchers with an interest in birds, behaviour and evolution, as well as a source of hypotheses and predictions for future investigations into this dynamic subject.


Chick recognition Conspecific brood parasitism Egg rejection Host defences Host adaptations Host-parasite interactions Interspecific brood parasitism Parasite adaptations Parasite offenses Counter-adaptations Coevolution Evolutionary ecology

Editors and affiliations

  • Manuel Soler
    • 1
  1. 1.Departamento de Zoología, Facultad de CienciasUniversidad de GranadaGranadaSpain

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