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Zoologger: To kill a mockingbird? No, parasitise it

The shiny cowbird does kill some of the host's chicks, but not all of them – and sometimes having a cowbird egg lurking in your nest can even be a good idea...

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  • Gloag, R, VD Fiorini, JC Reboreda, A Kacelnik. 2012. Brood parasite eggs enhance egg survivorship in a multiply parasitized host. Proc. R. Soc. B 279(1734):1831-1839. 10.1098/rspb.2011.2047
  • Tuero, DT, VD Fiorini, JC Reboreda. 2012. Do shiny cowbird females adjust egg pecking behavior according to the level of competition their chicks face in host nests? Behavioural Processes 89(2):137-142. 10.1016/j.beproc.2011.10.012
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