What's bugging brood parasites?

Dale H. Clayton, Kevin P. Johnson

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Brown-headed cowbirds (Molothrus ater) might reduce populations of the songbird species they parasitize, including endangered species. Data are therefore needed on the frequency with which cowbirds use different species of foster parents. Hahn et al. propose a clever new approach by which the identity of foster parents can be inferred from host-specific lice the cowbirds acquire as nestlings. We discuss the feasibility of this method and underlying assumptions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)9-10
Number of pages2
JournalTrends in Ecology and Evolution
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2001

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics


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