Birds engage in evolutionary arms race
By Erin Wayman, 12:28 PM May 18, 2012
Eggs of cuckoo finches and tawny-flanked prinias have grown more colorful in the last 40 years — a sign that the neighbors are locked in an evolutionary arms race.
African cuckoo finches (Anomalospiza imberbis) dump their eggs into the nests of tawny-flanked prinias (Prinia subflava). By laying eggs that mimic prinia clutches, cuckoo finches trick the prinia into caring for the finch young.
Over the last decades, both birds have evolved a greater diversity of egg colors: As prinias developed...
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