brood parasite

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brood parasite

any organism which deposits its eggs in the nest of another organism of the same or different species, which then rears the young upon hatching.
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I did not believe the Mafia hypothesis would work," he says.
Data reported here suggest that the great spotted cuckoo repeatedly visits nests it has parasitized, a precondition for the Mafia hypothesis.
Parasitized magpie nests found during the egg-laying stage in 1990-1992 were used to test predictions of the Mafia hypothesis.