Langmore Group - Avian evolutionary and behavioural ecology

Black-eared cuckoo chick fed by a Speckled warbler (c) David Cook

We study many aspects of evolutionary and behavioural ecology in birds, with particular emphasis on co-evolution between brood parasites and their hosts, signalling (songs, calls and displays), mimicry and crypsis, breeding systems, and evolutionary responses to climate change. Our main approach is to use field experiments and observations to test evolutionary theory.

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Leader

Naomi Langmore

Naomi Langmore
Naomi completed a BSc(Hons) at ANU and a PhD at the University of Cambridge. She continued her research in Cambridge with a...

Publications

Selected publications

  • Langmore, NE, Hunt, S & Kilner, RM (2003) Escalation of a coevolutionary arms race through host rejection of brood parasitic young. Nature, 422, 157-160.
  • Russell AF, Langmore NE, Cockburn A, Astheimer LB, Kilner RM. (2007). Reduced egg investment can conceal helper effects in cooperatively breeding birds. Science 317: 941-944.
  • Langmore, N.E., Maurer, G., Adcock, G.J., Kilner, R.M. (2008). Socially acquired host-specific mimicry and the evolution of host races in Horsfield's bronze-cuckoo Chalcites basalisEvolution 62: 1689-1699.
  • Heinsohn, R., Langmore, N. E., Cockburn, A., Kokko, H. (2011) Adaptive sex ratio adjustments via sex-specific infanticide in a bird. Current Biology, 21: 1744-1747.
  • Kilner R. M. and Langmore, N. E. (2011) Cuckoos versus hosts in insects and birds: adaptations, counter-adaptations and outcomes. Biological Reviews, 86: 836-852
  • Langmore, N. E., Stevens, M., Maurer, G., Heinsohn, R., Hall, M. L., Peters, A., Kilner, R. M. (2011). Visual mimicry of host nestlings by cuckoos. Proceedings of the Royal Society: Biological Sciences 278: 2455-2463
  • Feeney, W, Medina, I, Somveille, M, Heinsohn, R, Hall, ML, Mulder, RA, Stein, JA, Kilner, RM, Langmore, NE (2013) Brood parasitism and the evolution of cooperative breeding in birds. Science 342: 1506-1508
  • Odom, KJ, Hall, ML, Riebel, K, Omland, KE, Langmore, NE (2014) Female song is common and ancestral in songbirds. Nature Communications, Published online 2014/03/04/online, Vol 5 article 3379.

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News & events

News

Superb Fairy-wrens. Image courtesy John Young
05
Mar
2014
A new study overturns long-held theories that bird song is an exclusively male trait.
Cooperatively-breeding speckled warbler (left) feeding a black-eared cuckoo fledgling (right). Credit: David Cook.
20
Dec
2013
New research has found some birds choose not to reproduce so they can guard the nests of their close relatives.
Forty-spotted Pardalote (Pardalotus quadragintus) (c)JJ Harrison (jjharrison89@facebook.com) Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license.
22
Apr
2013
One of Australia’s rarest birds has a new home due to the craftsmanship of students from the School of Art.
Amanda Edworthy
16
Jan
2013
Amanda Edworthy, a PhD student in Naomi Langmore's Lab (EEG) is the recipient of a

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Highlights

Naomi Langmore

Naomi Langmore

We test evolutionary theory using field experiments on birds.
The larger bronze-cuckoo has tricked the smaller bird into believing it is its chick. Photo by Daniel Koh

The parental arms race

Australian cuckoos are taking new evolutionary steps to ensure maximum chance of survival.

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