• Ancient origin and maternal inheritance of blue cuckoo eggs 

      Røskaft, Eivin; Møller, Anders P.; Liang, Wei; Sorenson, Michael D; Yang, Canchao; Takasu, Fugo; Stokke, Bård Gunnar; Fossøy, Frode; Moksnes, Arne; Ekrem, Torbjørn; Rutila, Jarkko (Journal article; Peer reviewed, 2016)
      Maternal inheritance via the female-specific W chromosome was long ago proposed as a potential solution to the evolutionary enigma of co-existing host-specific races (or ‘gentes’) in avian brood parasites. Here we report ...
    • Are cuckoos maximizing egg mimicry by selecting host individuals with better matching egg phenotypes? 

      Antonov, Anton Tinchov; Stokke, Bård Gunnar; Fossøy, Frode; Ranke, Peter Sjolte; Liang, Wei; Yang, Canchao; Moksnes, Arne; Shykoff, Jacqui A.; Røskaft, Eivin (Journal article; Peer reviewed, 2012)
      Background: Avian brood parasites and their hosts are involved in complex offence-defense coevolutionary arms races. The most common pair of reciprocal adaptations in these systems is egg discrimination by hosts and egg ...
    • Coevolution in Action: Disruptive Selection on Egg Colour in an Avian Brood Parasite and its Host 

      Yang, Chanchao; Liang, Wei; Cai, Yan; Shi, Suhua; Takasu, Fugo; Møller, Anders pape; Antonov, Anton Tinchov; Fossøy, Frode; Moksnes, Arne; Røskaft, Eivin; Stokke, Bård Gunnar (Journal article; Peer reviewed, 2010)
      Background: Trait polymorphism can evolve as a consequence of frequency-dependent selection. Coevolutionary interactions between hosts and parasites may lead to selection on both to evolve extreme phenotypes deviating ...
    • Disappearance of eggs from non-parasitized nests of brood parasite hosts – the evolutionary equilibrium hypothesis revisited 

      Stokke, Bård Gunnar; Røskaft, Eivin; Moksnes, Arne; Møller, Anders Pape; Antonov, Anton Tinchov; Fossøy, Frode; Liang, Wei; Lopez-Iborra, German; Moskát, Csaba; Shykoff, Jacqui A.; Soler, Manuel; Vikan, Johan Reinert; Yang, Canchao; Takasu, Fugo (Journal article; Peer reviewed, 2016)
      The evolutionary equilibrium hypothesis was proposed to explain variation in egg rejection rates among individual hosts (intra- and interspecific) of avian brood parasites. Hosts may sometimes mistakenly reject own eggs ...
    • Geographic variation in egg ejection rate by great tits across 2 continents 

      Liang, Wei; Møller, Anders Pape; Stokke, Bård Gunnar; Yang, Canchao; Kovařík, Petr; Wang, Haitao; Yao, Cheng-Te; Ding, Ping; Lu, Xin; Moksnes, Arne; Røskaft, Eivin; Grim, Tomas (Journal article; Peer reviewed, 2016)
      Hosts of brood parasites may vary geographically in their ability to resist parasitism. In contrast, geographic variation in defenses, such as egg rejection, is not expected to be present or vary geographically in unsuitable ...
    • Host selection in parasitic birds: are open-cup nesting insectivorous passerines always suitable cuckoo hosts? 

      Yang, Canchao; Stokke, Bård Gunnar; Antonov, Anton Tinchov; Cai, Yan; Shi, Suhua; Moksnes, Arne; Røskaft, Eivin; Møller, Anders pape; Liang, Wei; Grim, Tomas (Journal article; Peer reviewed, 2013)
      How do potential hosts escape detrimental interactions with brood parasites? Current consensus is that hole-nesting and granivorous birds avoid brood parasites, like common cuckoos Cuculus canorus , by their inaccessible ...
    • Modelling the maintenance of egg polymorphism in avian brood parasites and their hosts 

      Liang, Wei; Yang, Canchao; Stokke, Bård Gunnar; Antonov, Anton Tinchov; Fossøy, Frode; Vikan, Johan Reinert; Moksnes, Arne; Røskaft, Eivin; Shykoff, Jacqui A.; Møller, Anders Pape; Takasu, Fugo (Journal article, 2012)
      In avian brood parasitism, egg phenotype plays a key role for both host and parasite reproduction. Several parrotbill species of the genus Paradoxornis are parasitized by the common cuckoo Cuculus canorus, and clear ...
    • Plaintive Cuckoo Nestling Adaptations and Development in Common Tailorbird Nests - Costly Child Custody 

      Tunheim, Odd Helge (Master thesis, 2015)
      Avian brood parasitism represents a suitable system for studying coevolution, as parasite and host engage in an escalating arms race. The parasite develops adaptations to overcome host defences, and in addition develops ...
    • Plaintive cuckoos do not select tailorbird hosts that match the phenotypes of their own eggs 

      Yang, Canchao; Huang, Qiuli; Wang, Longwu; Jiang, Aiwu; Stokke, Bård Gunnar; Fossøy, Frode; Tunheim, Odd Helge; Røskaft, Eivin; Liang, Wei; Møller, Anders Pape (Journal article; Peer reviewed, 2016)
      Laying a mimetic egg is important for a brood parasite to succeed in defeating the defenses of a host that can recognize and reject nonmimetic foreign eggs. Several recent studies suggest that common cuckoos ( Cuculus ...