List of references included in Table 1 from Colour, vision and co-evolution in avian brood parasitism

2017-04-03T12:19:24Z (GMT) by Mary Caswell Stoddard Mark E. Hauber
The coevolutionary interactions between avian brood parasites and their hosts provide a powerful system for investigating the diversity of animal coloration. Specifically, reciprocal selection pressure applied by hosts and brood parasites can give rise to novel forms and functions of animal coloration, which largely differ from those that arise when selection is imposed by predators or mates. In the study of animal colours, avian brood parasite–host dynamics therefore invites special consideration. Rapid advances across disciplines have paved the way for an integrative study of colour and vision in brood parasite–host systems. We now know that visually driven host defences and host life history have selected for a suite of phenotypic adaptations in parasites, including mimicry, crypsis and supernormal stimuli. This sometimes leads to vision-based host counter-adaptations and increased parasite trickery. Here, we review vision-based adaptations that arise throughout host–parasite breeding cycles, emphasizing that these adaptations can be visual/cognitive or phenotypic in nature. We highlight recent breakthroughs in biochemistry, genomics, neuroscience and computer vision, and we conclude by identifying important future directions. Moving forward, it will be essential to identify the genetic and neural bases of adaptation and to compare vision-based adaptations to those arising in other sensory modalities.This article is part of the themed issue ‘Animal colouration: production, perception, function and application’.