Fascinating Life Sciences

Avian Brood Parasitism

Behaviour, Ecology, Evolution and Coevolution

Editors: Soler, Manuel (Ed.)

  • Provides new insights into the ecology and behaviour of brood parasites
  • Covers the major areas of brood parasitism in 30 chapters written by an authority or authorities in the field
  • Discusses the coevolutionary arms race between brood parasites and their hosts
  • An invaluable resource for researchers in brood parasitism as well as a comprehensive reference for ornithologists, ecologists, ethologists, and researchers in general interested in the evolution of ecology, behaviour, and coevolution of brood parasites and their hosts
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About this book

Brood parasitism has become one of the most flourishing areas of research in evolutionary ecology and one of the best model systems for investigating coevolution. This subject has undergone remarkable advances during the last two decades, but has not been covered by any book in the 21st century.

This book offers a comprehensive and up-to-date overview of the fascinating field of avian brood parasitism. The topics covered include conspecific brood parasitism; evolution and phylogenetic history of avian brood parasites; parasitic behaviour used by brood parasites; adaptations and counter-adaptations of brood parasites and their hosts at every stage of the breeding cycle (before laying, egg, chick and fledgling stages); factors affecting the evolution of host defences and parasitic attacks; the role of phenotypic plasticity in host defences; mechanisms driving egg recognition and rejection; evolution of nest sharing or nest killing by brood parasite chicks; begging behaviour in parasitized nests and food delivery by host adults; and recognition of conspecifics by juvenile brood parasites. This volume provides a comprehensive reference resource for readers and researchers with an interest in birds, behaviour and evolution, as well as a source of hypotheses and predictions for future investigations into this dynamic subject.

About the authors

​Manuel Soler has been a Full Professor at the University of Granada in Spain since January 2001. He received his PhD in Spain in 1984, and since then his research has focused mainly on behavioural ecology in general and brood parasitism in particular. He is the author of more than 250 publications, including original articles in leading journals, such as Nature, Trends Ecol. Evol., Biol. Rev., Proc. R. Soc. Lond. B; reviews; book chapters; and books on evolution, behaviour and ornithology. His most significant contributions are in the fields of brood parasitism and behavioural ecology. He has been nominated President of several scientific societies, including the Spanish Ethology and Evolutionary Ecology Society; the Spanish Evolutionary Biology Society and the Scientific Committee of the Spanish Ornithology Society.

Table of contents (30 chapters)

  • Brood Parasitism in Birds: A Coevolutionary Point of View

    Soler, Manuel

    Pages 1-19

  • Factors Affecting the Rates of Coevolution Between Obligate Avian Brood Parasites and Their Hosts

    Abernathy, Virginia E. (et al.)

    Pages 23-41

  • Evolution of Avian Brood Parasitism and Phylogenetic History of Brood Parasites

    Krüger, Oliver (et al.)

    Pages 43-59

  • A Taxonomic Review of Obligate and Facultative Interspecific Avian Brood Parasitism

    Mann, Clive F.

    Pages 61-92

  • Conspecific Brood Parasitism Among Birds: The Effects of Phylogeny, Mode of Reproduction and Geographic Distribution

    Yom-Tov, Yoram (et al.)

    Pages 95-103

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eBook 83,29 €
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  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
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Hardcover 103,99 €
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-73137-7
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Avian Brood Parasitism
Book Subtitle
Behaviour, Ecology, Evolution and Coevolution
Editors
  • Manuel Soler
Series Title
Fascinating Life Sciences
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer International Publishing AG, part of Springer Nature
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-73138-4
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-73138-4
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-73137-7
Series ISSN
2509-6745
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XV, 574
Number of Illustrations and Tables
32 b/w illustrations, 35 illustrations in colour
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