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The Avian Brood Parasites: Deception at the Nest

By: Paul A Johnsgard

409 pages, 140 line illus, tabs, maps

Oxford University Press USA

Hardback | Mar 1998 | #69397 | ISBN: 0195110420
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Obligatory brood parasites are birds that reproduce by laying their eggs in the nests of other species. This book, the first in English to provide coverage on a global scale, discusses the ecological and evolutionary aspects of this remarkable behavioural adaptation.

"Excellent pen-and-ink drawings showing a vast array of behavior patterns...An excellent book."--Wildlife Activist

"A comprehensive, modern review."--Choice

"Johnsgard has compiled the widely scattered literature on avian brood parasitism ... into one English language reference; the only one of its kind currently available and up-to-date.... a valuable summary."--Bird Watcher's Digest

"Given the distinctive nature and fascinating evolutionary aspects of avian brood parasitism, it is surprising that a comprehensive book on this topic has not been produced before this one . . . a requisite starting point for future researchers undertaking studies of the lesser known species. Indeed, I found the coverage of the English language literature is to be quite thorough at least to the early 1990s, and this alone is probably worth the price of the book for many users."--Ecology

"Many birds dodge the burden of parenting by laying their eggs in the nests of others . . .


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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