Spatiotemporal patterns of egg laying in the common cuckoo

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KOLEČEK Jaroslav PIÁLKOVÁ Radka PIÁLEK Lubomír ŠULC Michal HUGHES Anna E. BRLÍK Vojtěch PROCHÁZKA Petr POŽGAYOVÁ Milica CAPEK Miroslav SOSNOVCOVÁ Kateřina ŠTĚTKOVÁ Gabriela VALTEROVÁ Radka HONZA Marcel

Rok publikování 2021
Druh Článek v odborném periodiku
Časopis / Zdroj Animal Behaviour
Fakulta / Pracoviště MU

Přírodovědecká fakulta

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www https://doi.org/10.1016/j.anbehav.2021.04.021
Doi http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.anbehav.2021.04.021
Klíčová slova Acrocephalus warbler; egg-laying territory; host selection; maternity; minimum convex polygon; spatial analysis
Popis Understanding egg-laying behaviour of brood parasites in space and time can improve our knowledge of interactions between hosts and parasites. However, no studies have combined information on the laying activity of an obligate brood parasite with detailed information on the distribution of host nests within an area and time period. Here, we used molecular methods and analysis of egg phenotypes to determine maternal identity of common cuckoo, Cuculus canorus, eggs and chicks found in the nests of four species of Acrocephalus warblers in consecutive years. The median size of a cuckoo female laying area (calculated as a minimum convex polygon) was correlated negatively with the density of host nests and positively with the number of eggs assigned to a particular female. Cuckoo female laying areas overlapped to a large extent and their size and location did not change between years. Cuckoo females preferentially parasitized host nests located close to their previously parasitized nests and were mostly host specific except for two that parasitized two host species. Future studies should focus on sympatric host and parasite communities with variable densities across different brood-parasitic systems to investigate how population density of hosts affects fitness and evolution of brood parasites. For instance, it remains unknown whether female parasites moving to new sites need to meet a threshold density of a potential host. In addition, young females may be more limited in their egg laying, particularly with respect to the activity of other parasites and hosts, than older females. (c) 2021 The Association for the Study of Animal Behaviour. Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
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