Data from: No immediate or future extra costs of raising a virulent brood parasite chick

Peter Samaš, Tomas Grim, Václav Jelínek, Marek M. Abraham, Michal Šulc & Marcel Honza
Parental care is an adaptive behaviour increasing the survival of young. Virulent brood parasites, like the common cuckoo Cuculus canorus, avoid the parental care and leave the care for their nestlings to hosts. Although raising a cuckoo is always costly because it kills host’s progeny, to date it is not known whether raising of a brood parasite itself represents an extra cost affecting host’s fitness. We quantified costs of rearing a cuckoo nestling in the...
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