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Brood parasitism by shiny cowbirds

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Brood parasitic birds lay eggs amongst the clutches of other species, which then assume all costs of parental care on their behalf. This thesis addresses several puzzles of avian brood parasitism, using field studies and theoretical modelling of the generalist parasite, the shiny cowbird (Molothrus bonariensis) and select hosts in Argentina. Key findings and conclusions were:

  • High parasitism intensity in a host population can result in a cost to hosts of removing parasite eg...
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Institution:
University of Oxford
Division:
MPLS
Department:
Zoology
Research group:
Behavioural Ecology Research Group
Oxford college:
St John's College
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Publication date:
2012
Type of award:
DPhil
Level of award:
Doctoral
Awarding institution:
Oxford University, UK
Language:
English
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Deposit date:
2014-11-24

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