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Type: Journal article
Title: Egg rejection behavior and clutch characteristics of the European Greenfinch introduced to New Zealand
Author: Samas, P.
Polacikova, L.
Hauber, M.
Cassey, P.
Grim, T.
Citation: Chinese birds : the international journal of ornithology, 2012; 3(4):330-338
Publisher: Chinese Birds
Issue Date: 2012
ISSN: 1674-7674
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Peter Samaš, Lenka Polačiková, Mark E. Hauber, Phillip Cassey, Tomáš Grim
Abstract: Animal populations, with a known history of introduction events, provide opportunities to study the dynamics of how rapid shifts in ecological context affect behavioral (e.g., responses to brood parasitism) and life-history (e.g., clutch and egg parameters) traits. We studied the European Greenfinch (Carduelis chloris) introduced to New Zealand, regarding foreign-egg rejection behaviors and also compared their clutch characteristics with data from the source populations in the United Kingdom. Although previously this species had been considered an unsuitable host for the Common Cuckoo (Cuculus canorus), and not impacted by selection pressure associated with brood parasitism, we found that Greenfinches in our study population were able to eject experimental eggs at low frequencies. In contrast, nest desertion rates were similar in experimentally parasitized and control unmanipulated nests, implying that nest desertion is not an antiparasite adaptation in this species. Contrary to previous studies, we did not find significant differences in clutch and egg sizes between introduced and source populations. This study emphasizes (1) the importance of using control treatments in studies of host responses to experimental parasitism, (2) including apparently unsuitable hosts of brood parasites, and (3) meta-replicating prior studies to further the process of gaining and validating scientific knowledge.
Keywords: antiparasite behavior; avian brood parasitism; Carduelis chloris; clutch size; meta-replication; nest desertion
Rights: © 2012 Beijing Forestry University and China Ornithological Society
DOI: 10.5122/cbirds.2012.0037
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