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Volume Editors: Geoffrey V. Davis and Hena Maes-Jelinek
Creations, Cameos, and Essays in honour of Anna Rutherford
Anna Rutherford has been the most dynamic ambassador of Australian culture in Europe. More than any other single person, she has been instrumental in spreading interest in Commonwealth and post-colonial studies. Wherever she has been in the world, she has brought people together in friendship and intellectual endeavour. This volume ranges widely over the areas Anna has promoted as teacher, editor and publisher.

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.

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