Africa’s vegetation is changing fast, owing to climate change and other results of human activities. How does this affect the distributions of interacting species such as brood parasites and their hosts? In this paper using data from the South African Bird Atlas Project, we show that parasites largely track changes in their hosts’ distributions, and that changing species distributions can set the stage for new potential host-parasite interactions between indigobirds and their hosts. Read more in the original paper by Guillaume Péron, Res Altwegg, Gabriel Jamie and Claire Spottiswoode, available open access in Journal of Animal Ecology.
Our paper “Chase-away evolution maintains imperfect mimicry in a brood parasite–host system despite rapid evolution of mimics” has been published in the journal Nature Ecology & Evolution.