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dc.contributor.authorYang, Canchao
dc.contributor.authorLiang, Wei
dc.contributor.authorAntonov, Anton Tinchov
dc.contributor.authorCai, Yan
dc.contributor.authorStokke, Bård Gunnar
dc.contributor.authorFossøy, Frode
dc.contributor.authorMoksnes, Arne
dc.contributor.authorRøskaft, Eivin
dc.identifier.citationChinese Birds. 2012, 3 9-32.nb_NO
dc.description.abstractIn this exposé we provide the first review of host use by brood parasitic cuckoos in a multiple-cuckoo system in China, based on our own long-term field data and a compilation of observations obtained from the literature. In total, we found that 11 species of cuckoos utilized altogether 55 host species. These hosts belong to 15 families, in which Sylviidae, Turdidae and Timaliidae account for 22.6%, 20.8% and 17.0% of parasitism records, respectively. The Common Cuckoo (Cuculus canorus) had the widest range of host species, accounting for 45.5% of the total number of parasitized species (25 in 10 families) of all parasitism records and is the most frequent brood parasite in the country. Cuckoo species differed in their egg coloration and the extent of egg polymorphism with most of them, e.g. the Common Cuckoo, the Lesser Cuckoo (C. poliocephalus) and the Plaintive Cuckoo (Cacomantis merulinus) laying well mimetic eggs with respect to their hosts based on human being’s visual observations, while others such as the Large Hawk-cuckoo (C. sparverioides), the Himalayan Cuckoo (C. saturatus) and the Asian Emerald Cuckoo (Chrysococcyx maculatus) usually laid non-mimetic eggs. The use of cuckoo hosts and egg color variation in China are compared with those in other parts of their ranges in Asia.nb_NO
dc.publisherBioMed Centralnb_NO
dc.rightsNavngivelse 4.0 Internasjonal*
dc.titleDiversity of parasitic cuckoos and their hosts in Chinanb_NO
dc.typeJournal articlenb_NO
dc.source.journalChinese Birdsnb_NO
dc.relation.projectNorges forskningsråd: 218144nb_NO
dc.description.localcode© 2012 The Authors; licensee BioMed Central Ltd. This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License 4.0 (, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.nb_NO
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