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brood parasitism

a form of social parasitism practiced by certain birds, as cuckoos and cowbirds, in which eggs are laid in the nests of other birds, causing them to be hatched and the young reared by the hosts, often at the cost of the hosts' own young. Unabridged
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  • One result of these changes has been an increase in rates of cowbird brood parasitism.
  • The yellow warbler, however, is not without its own defenses against brood parasitism.
  • The effect of aggregated nesting on red-winged blackbird nest success and brood parasitism by brown-headed cowbirds.
  • Cowbird brood parasitism is a natural part of the prairie ecosystem and has been for countless years.
  • Evaluation of spatial models to predict vulnerability of forest birds to brood parasitism by cowbirds.
  • Probing parentage in parasitic goldeneyes: an evaluation of methods to detect conspecific brood parasitism.
  • Limited habitat and brood parasitism by brown-headed cowbirds are two reasons why the warbler is endangered.

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