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  • Left eye? Right eye? American robins have preference when looking at decoy eggs

    Unlike many other species, American robins are often able to detect and remove eggs that brown-headed cowbirds or other brood parasites deposit in their nests.

    Unlike many other species, American robins are often able to detect and remove eggs that brown-headed cowbirds or other brood parasites deposit in their nests.

    Photo by Tiffany Fugere

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  • Editor’s notes:

    To reach Mark Hauber, call 1-917-455-2607; email mhauber@illinois.edu.
    To reach Hannah Scharf, email hscharf2@illinois.edu.  
    The paper “Mimicry-dependent lateralization in the visual inspection of foreign eggs by American robins” is available online and from the U. of I. News Bureau.
    DOI: 10.1098/rsbl.2091.0351