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.
Launching Honeyguiding.me for all bird enthusiasts in Africa!
Dr Gabriel Jamie and Dr Joana Meier’s paper “The Persistence of Polymorphisms across Species Radiations” has been selected by Trends in Ecology and Evolution as the journal Editor’s pick of the month. Read the full paper here: https://tinyurl.com/y29l4ygr
Now live: a new website for our sister project at AfricanHoneyguides, sharing our research on the remarkable cooperative relationship between Greater Honeyguides and human honey-hunters (for information on the darker side of Greater Honeyguides, as brood parasites of other birds, see the Honeyguides page on this website).
A big thank you to Hennie Botha of Dumel Web Design, South Africa, for his beautiful design of both the AfricanHoneyguides and AfricanCuckoos websites.