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Title Do helpers-at-the-nest reduce the chance of cuckoo parasitism?
Group Behavioural Ecology
Project type thesis
Credits 30-36
Supervisor(s) Sjouke Anne Kingma
Kat L. Bebbington
Examiner(s) Marc Naguib
Contact info sjouke.kingma@wur.nl
Begin date 2020/03/10
End date 2023/03/10
Description One commonly proposed benefit of group living of birds is that individuals in groups are better to prevent cuckoos laying an egg in their nest. However, direct study and evidence of this hypothesis is rare. In Eswatini, we study a population of babblers that are commonly parasitized by cuckoos � this study will reveal whether helpers can prevent cuckoo parasitism, for example by using song playback and nest observations.
Used skills Fieldwork, behaviour observations, radio-tracking
Requirements The fieldwork takes place in the savanna of Eswatini in Southern Africa; an adventurous attitude is an advantage: the fieldsite is beautiful but remote and accommodation is basic.