Gabriel Jamie had an excellent visit to our collaborators Dr Moses Chibesa, Dr Ngawo Namukonde and Stanford Siachoono at Copperbelt University in Kitwe. Gabriel met with researchers and students in the Department of Zoology and Aquatic Sciences in the School of Natural Resources to discuss future collaborations and training workshops. Gabriel also gave a seminar on the current research being conducted by our group in the Choma area. Thank you to the Copperbelt team for their hospitality and all the stimulating discussion.
In a new paper published in Evolution, Dr Gabriel Jamie along with Silky Hamama, Collins Moya and Prof. Claire Spottiswoode from the African Cuckoos team and collaborators from University of Puerto Rico (Steven Van Belleghem), Princeton University (Dr Cassie Stoddard and Dr Ben Hogan) and University of Cambridge (Professor Rebecca Kilner) provide evidence of host-specific mimicry in the indigobirds and whydahs of Africa. Building on the pioneering work of Robert Payne and Jürgen Nicolai, they provide quantitative evidence that nestling Vidua finches mimic the patterns, colours and begging calls of their host’s nestling, and qualitative evidence of mimicry of host movements.