Parasitic Birds and Their Hosts: Studies in Coevolution

Hardcover | June 1, 1998

EditorStephen I. Rothstein, Scott K. Robinson

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This book is the first to present a comprehensive overview of parasitic birds and their hosts. Although the phenomenon has attracted the interest of naturalists and evolutionists since Darwin, only recently have researchers applied modern evolutionary theory and experimental methods to studythe various adaptations related to brood parasitism. The work in this field is accelerating rapidly, and this volume collects work from the individuals and research groups around the world who have been responsible for nearly every major study in the last ten years. The papers present valuablesummaries along with substantial new research, and the volume concludes with a review of important unsolved questions. The book is an invaluable resource on this fascinating topic, covering the remarkable sequences of adaptations and counter-adaptations, along with the perhaps even more remarkablecases where adaptations seem to be lacking.

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This book is the first to present a comprehensive overview of parasitic birds and their hosts. Although the phenomenon has attracted the interest of naturalists and evolutionists since Darwin, only recently have researchers applied modern evolutionary theory and experimental methods to studythe various adaptations related to brood para...

Stephen I. Rothstein is at University of California, Santa Barbara. Scott K. Robinson is at Illinois Natural History Survey, Champaign, IL.
Format:HardcoverDimensions:464 pages, 7.09 × 10 × 1.18 inPublished:June 1, 1998Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:0195099761

ISBN - 13:9780195099768

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ContributorsPart I Overview and commentary1. Stephen I. Rothstein, Scott K. Robinson: The evolution and ecology of avian brood parasitism: an overviewPart II Coevolution between cuckoos and their hosts2. Nicholas B. Davies, Michael De L. Brooke: Cuckoos versus hosts: experimental evidence for coevolution3. Hiroyoshi Higuchi: Host use and egg color of Japanese cuckoos4. Hiroshi Nakamura, Satoshi Kubota, Reiko Suzuki: Coevolution between the common cuckoo and its major hosts in Japan: stable versus dynamic specialization on hosts5. Manuel Soler, Juan J. Soler, Juan G. Martinez: Duration of sympatry and coevolution between the great spotted cuckoo (Clamator glandarius) and its primary host, the magpie (Pica pica)6. Luis Arias-de-Reyna: Coevolution of the great spotted cuckoo and its hosts7. Brian J. Gill: Behavior and ecology of the shining cuckoo, Chrysococcyx lucidus8. Robert B. Payne, Laura L. Payne: Nestling eviction and vocal begging behaviors in the Australian glossy cuckoos Chrysococcyx basalis and C. lucidusPart III Coevolution between cowbirds and their hosts9. Rosendo M. Fraga: Interactions of the parasitic screaming and shiny cowbirds (Molothrus rufoaxillaris and M. bonariensis) with a shared host, the bay-winged cowbird (M. badius)10. Spenser G. Sealy, Diane L. Neudorf, Keith A. Hobson, Sharon A. Gill: Nest defense by potential hosts of the brown-headed cowbird: methodological approaches, benefits of defense, and coevolution11. Gustavo H. Kattan: Impact of brood parasitism: why do house wrens accept shiny cowbird eggs?Part IV Models of host-parasite coevolution: equilibrium versus lag12. Arnon Lotem, Hiroshi Nakamura: Evolutionary equilibria in avian brood parasitism: an alternative to the "arms race-evolutionary lag" concept13. Eiven Roskraft, Arne Moksnes: Coevolution between brood parasites and their hosts: an optimality theory approach14. Ian G. McLean, Richard F. Maloney: Brood parasitism, recognition, and response: the optionsPart V Effects of parasitism on host population dynamics15. Cheryl L. Trine, W. Douglas Robinson, Scott K. Robinson: Consequences of brown-headed cowbird brood parasitism for host population dynamics16. James N. M. Smith, Isla H. Myers-Smith: Spatial variation in parasitism of song sparrows by brown-headed cowbirds17. Alexander Cruz et al.: Potential impacts of cowbird range expansion in FloridaPart VI Consequences of parasitism for the mating systems and life histories of brood parasites18. Phoebe Barnard: Variability in the mating systems of parasitic birdsPart VII Conspecific brood parasitism19. Michael D. Sorenson: Patterns of parasitic egg laying and typical nesting in redhead and canvasback ducks20. Harry W. Power: Quality control and the important questions in avian conspecific brood parasitism21. Anders P. Moller: Density-dependent intraspecific nest parasitism and anti-parasite behavior in the barn swallow Hirundo rustica22. Wendy M. Jackson: Egg discrimination and egg-color variability in the northern masked weaver: the importance of conspecific versus interspecific parasitismPart VIII Major unresolved questions23. Stephen I. Rothstein, Scott K. Robinson: Major unanswered questions in the study of avian brood parasitismIndex

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"In Parasitic Birds and their Hosts: Studies in Coevolution, Rothstein and Robinson have created a stimulating volume of recent work on a wide range of parasitic birds. The volume is the ninth in the Oxford Ornithology Series and contains the work of an eclectic international mix of scientistsfrom five continents. The book focuses on field studies of cuckoos (three papers on European species, five on Japanese, Australian and New Zealand species) and of cowbirds (three papers on the brown-headed cowbird, three on the shiny cowbird, one of which also addresses the bay-winged cowbird). Onesection of the book addresses conspecific brood parasitism, and one section addresses prevailing models of host-parasite coevolution. To create a volume that is more than the sum of its parts, the editors have provided an introduction intended to make the book accessible to a reader with nobackground and a set of substantive essays that put each section of the book in context."--Animal Behaviour