Save

Killing behaviour of adult brood parasites

In: Behaviour
Authors:
M. Šulc Institute of Vertebrate Biology of the Czech Academy of Sciences, Brno, Czech Republic

Search for other papers by M. Šulc in
Current site
Google Scholar
PubMed
Close
,
G. Štětková Institute of Vertebrate Biology of the Czech Academy of Sciences, Brno, Czech Republic
Department of Botany and Zoology, Faculty of Sciences, Masaryk University, Brno, Czech Republic

Search for other papers by G. Štětková in
Current site
Google Scholar
PubMed
Close
,
V. Jelínek Institute of Vertebrate Biology of the Czech Academy of Sciences, Brno, Czech Republic

Search for other papers by V. Jelínek in
Current site
Google Scholar
PubMed
Close
,
B. Czyż Department of Behavioural Ecology, University of Wrocław, Wrocław, Poland

Search for other papers by B. Czyż in
Current site
Google Scholar
PubMed
Close
,
A. Dyrcz Department of Behavioural Ecology, University of Wrocław, Wrocław, Poland

Search for other papers by A. Dyrcz in
Current site
Google Scholar
PubMed
Close
,
O. Karpińska Department of Forest Zoology and Wildlife Management, Warsaw University of Life Sciences (SGGW), Warsaw, Poland

Search for other papers by O. Karpińska in
Current site
Google Scholar
PubMed
Close
,
K. Kamionka-Kanclerska Department of Forest Zoology and Wildlife Management, Warsaw University of Life Sciences (SGGW), Warsaw, Poland

Search for other papers by K. Kamionka-Kanclerska in
Current site
Google Scholar
PubMed
Close
,
P. Rowiński Department of Forest Zoology and Wildlife Management, Warsaw University of Life Sciences (SGGW), Warsaw, Poland

Search for other papers by P. Rowiński in
Current site
Google Scholar
PubMed
Close
,
M. Maziarz Museum and Institute of Zoology, Polish Academy of Sciences, Warsaw, Poland

Search for other papers by M. Maziarz in
Current site
Google Scholar
PubMed
Close
,
A. Gruszczyński Museum and Institute of Zoology, Polish Academy of Sciences, Warsaw, Poland

Search for other papers by A. Gruszczyński in
Current site
Google Scholar
PubMed
Close
,
A.E. Hughes Department of Psychology, University of Essex, Colchester, UK

Search for other papers by A.E. Hughes in
Current site
Google Scholar
PubMed
Close
, and
M. Honza Institute of Vertebrate Biology of the Czech Academy of Sciences, Brno, Czech Republic

Search for other papers by M. Honza in
Current site
Google Scholar
PubMed
Close
Download Citation Get Permissions

Access options

Get access to the full article by using one of the access options below.

Institutional Login

Log in with Open Athens, Shibboleth, or your institutional credentials

Login via Institution

Purchase

Buy instant access (PDF download and unlimited online access):

$40.00

Abstract

Decades of studies have revealed the striking adaptations of avian brood parasites for their unique reproductive lifestyle. Several have reported that adult brood parasites sometimes kill host nestlings, although the reasons for this behaviour remain unclear. Using continuous video-recording and camera traps, we observed the same behaviour in the common cuckoo Cuculus canorus, showing that both host and parasite nestlings can be killed. The latter has never previously been observed in cuckoos. Here, we review this phenomenon and discuss possible explanations.

Content Metrics

All Time Past Year Past 30 Days
Abstract Views 1010 215 17
Full Text Views 73 29 0
PDF Views & Downloads 109 45 0