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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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A number of species engage the brood parasitism by laying their eggs in the nest of other host birds.
Despite the fact that 97% of cowbird eggs and nestlings do not survive to adulthood, brood parasitism by cowbirds has pushed birds of some host species to the status of "endangered" and has probably hurt populations of birds of some other host species.
Interspecific brood parasitism, a form of social parasitism, is a behavior in which the female of one species deposits her eggs in the nest of another species.
We hypothesized if wind facility operation decreased passerine fitness by making wind turbine locations more suitable for associated predators and parasites [such as Brown-headed Cowbirds (Molothrus ater)], we would observe: (1) the rate of brood parasitism increasing with decreasing distance from turbines, (2) a decrease in nest success with a decrease in distance to turbines, or (3) both.
An example of a benefit of brood parasitism is "exceedingly unusual and cool," says Claire Spottiswoode, an evolutionary biologist at the University of Cambridge.
Parental care in estrildid finches: Experimental tests of a model of Vidua brood parasitism.
With a decline in the amount of suitable habitat paired with brood parasitism by the brown-headed cowbird (Molothrus ater), the Kirthland's warbler population fell to a mere 201 pairs in 1971.
They transplanted pickerelweed plants in the Cache River Wetland, built and posted nesting boxes to research brood parasitism in bird species, created more than 200 educational binders for local teachers, made and donated children's books to the community's Wetland Center, presented research at a science symposium, created a website and more.
Although rates of brood parasitism by brown-headed cowbirds (Molothrus ater) are high in some warbler species (Ortega, 1998), there are relatively few published accounts with yellow-throated warblers as the host.
The cuckoo is the only British bird that practises brood parasitism - this is when they lay their eggs in another bird's nest and use them as foster parents.