Applies modern evolutionary theory and experimental methods to the study of the adaptations for and against brood parasitism by parasitic birds and their hosts. Papers are by individuals or research groups responsible for nearly every comprehensive study to appear in the last 10 years.
"The amount of work being done on parasitic birds in recent years has accelerated at an astounding rate. This book is the first one to present a comprehensive and up-to-date overview of the diverse kinds of birds and interactions involved in avian brood parasitism. Written by an outstanding group of individuals and research groups around the world who have been responsible for nearly every major study in the last ten years, the chapters in this volume offer valuable summaries along with substantial new research. Broad ranging in scope, the book covers topics including coevolution between cuckoos and their hosts, coevolution between cowbirds and their hosts, models of parasite-host coevolution, effects of parasitism on host population dynamics, and the consequences of parasitism for mating systems. With all the emphasis on forest fragmentation and the influx of parasitism this is an important work for all serious students and interested naturalists."--Indiana Audubon Quarterly
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