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Brood Parasite

A Reed Warbler Feeding a Common Cookoo Chick in a Nest
A Reed Warbler Feeding a Common Cuckoo Chick in a Nest

A Brood Parasite is an animal, often a bird, that tricks other species into raising it young.

In many cases the youngster kills all of it's nest mates so that it is able to eat all of the food it's foster parents provide.

Examples of brood parasites are cuckoos, indigobirds, cowbirds, black-headed ducks, and honeyguides.

Associated terms: Brood Parasitism

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