Papers by the group

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Hal Whitehead, Kevin N. Laland, Luke Rendell, Rose Thorogood, and Andrew Whiten. The reach of gene–culture coevolution in animals. Nature Communications 10, 2405 (2019). DOI

Rose Thorogood, Spottiswoode Claire N., Portugal Steven J. and Gloag Ros. The coevolutionary biology of brood parasitism: a call for integration. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B 374, 20180190 (2019). DOI

Sheena C. Cotter, Daniel Pincheira-Donoso, and Rose Thorogood. Defences against brood parasites from a social immunity perspective. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B 374, 20180207 (2019). DOI


Victoria R. Franks, Caitlin E. Andrews, John G. Ewen, Mhairi M. McCready, Kevin A. Parker, and Rose Thorogood. Changes in social groups across reintroductions and effects on post-release survival. bioRxiv 430280 (2018). DOI

Victoria R. Franks, John G. Ewen, Mhairi M. McCready, and Rose Thorogood. Copy parents or follow friends? Juvenile foraging behaviour changes with social environment. bioRxiv 429688 (2018). DOI

Rose Thorogood, Hanna Kokko, Johanna Mappes. Social transmission of avoidance among predators facilitates the spread of novel prey. Nature Ecology & Evolution 2, 254-261 (2018). PDF, Blog post, Science video, DOI

Victoria R. Franks and Rose Thorogood. Older and wiser? Age differences in foraging and learning by an endangered passerine. Behavioural Processes 148, 1-9 (2018). PDF, DOI


Liisa Hämäläinen, Hannah M. Rowland, Johanna Mappes, and Rose Thorogood. Can video playback provide social information for foraging blue tits? PeerJ. 5, e3062 (2017).       PDF, Blog postDOI

Rose Thorogood, Rebecca M. Kilner, and Justin L. Rasmussen. Grey Gerygone hosts are not egg rejecters, but Shining Bronze-Cuckoos lay cryptic eggs.  The Auk 134, 340-349 (2017).       PDF, Blog postDOI

Kirsty J. MacLeod, Patricia Brekke, Wenfei Tong, John G. Ewen, Rose Thorogood. Do mothers bias offspring sex ratios in carotenoid-rich environments?  Behavioral Ecology 28, 131-137 (2017).     PDF, Blog post, DOI


Kirsty J. MacLeod, Patricia Brekke, John G. Ewen, Rose Thorogood. Minutes matter: brief hatching asynchrony adversely affects late-hatched hihi nestlings, but not life beyond the nest.  Animal Behaviour 119, 111-118 (2016).   PDF, Blog post, DOI

Rose Thorogood & Nicholas B. Davies. Combining personal with social information facilitates host defences and explains why cuckoos should be secretive. Scientific Reports 6, 19872 (2016).      PDF, Blog post, DOI


Leila Walker, Rose Thorogood, Filiz Karadas, David Raubenheimer, Rebecca M. Kilner, John G. Ewen. Foraging for carotenoids: do colorful male hihi target carotenoid-rich foods in the wild? Behavioral Ecology 25, 1048–1057 (2014).     PDFDOI


Rose Thorogood & Nicholas B. Davies.  Reed warbler hosts fine-tune their defenses to track three decades of cuckoo decline. Evolution 67, 3545–3555 (2013).      PDFDOI

Rose Thorogood & Nicholas B. Davies. Hawk mimicry and the evolution of polymorphic cuckoos. Chinese Birds 4, 39–50 (2013).      PDFDOI

Rose Thorogood, Doug P. Armstrong, Matthew Low, Patricia Brekke, John G. Ewen. The value of long-term ecological research: integrating knowledge for conservation of hihi on Tiritiri Matangi Island. New Zealand Journal of Ecology 37, 298–306 (2013).      PDF


Rose Thorogood & Nicholas B. Davies.  Cuckoos combat socially transmitted defenses of reed warbler hosts with a plumage polymorphism. Science 337, 578–580 (2012).      PDFDOI

Rose Thorogood, John G. Ewen, Rebecca M. Kilner. Sense and sensitivity: responsiveness to offspring signals varies with the parents’ potential to breed again. Proceedings of the Royal Society B 278, 2638–2645 (2011).      PDF

John G. Ewen, Rose Thorogood, Doug P. Armstrong. Demographic consequences of adult sex ratio in a reintroduced hihi population. Journal of Animal Ecology 80, 448–455 (2011).      PDF

Doug P. Armstrong, Isabel Castro, John K. Perrott, John G. Ewen, Rose Thorogood. Impacts of pathogenic disease and native predators on threatened native species. New Zealand Journal of Ecology 34, 272–273 (2010).      PDF

Rose Thorogood, Dianne H. Brunton, Isabel Castro. Simple techniques for sexing nestling Hihi (Notiomystis cincta) in the field. New Zealand Journal of Zoology 36, 115–121 (2009).      PDF

John G. Ewen, Rose Thorogood, Patricia Brekke, Phillip Cassey, Filiz Karadas, Doug P. Armstrong. Maternally invested carotenoids compensate costly ectoparasitism in the hihi. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 106, 12798–12802 (2009).      PDF

Rose Thorogood, Rebecca M. Kilner, Filiz Karadas, John G. Ewen, Spectral mouth colour of nestlings changes with carotenoid availability. Functional Ecology 22, 1044–1051 (2008).      PDF

John G. Ewen, Rose Thorogood, Filiz Karadas, Phillip Cassey. Condition dependence of nestling mouth colour and the effect of supplementing carotenoids on parental behaviour in the hihi (Notiomystis cincta). Oecologia 157, 361–368 (2008).      PDF

Rose Thorogood, Tamara Henry, Simon Fordham. North Island kokako (Callaeas cinerea wilsoni) feed on flax (Phormium tenax) nectar on Tiritiri Matangi Island, Hauraki Gulf, New Zealand. Notornis 54, 52–54 (2007).      PDF

John G. Ewen, Rose Thorogood, Carolyn Nicol, Doug P. Armstrong, Maurice Alley. Salmonella Typhimurium in Hihi, New Zealand. Emerging Infectious Diseases 13, 788–790 (2007).      PDF

Rose Thorogood, John G. Ewen. Rare occurrence of embryonic twins in the Hihi (Stitchbird) Notiomystis cincta: an endangered passerine of New Zealand. Ibis 148, 828–829 (2006).      PDF

John G. Ewen, Rose Thorogood, Filiz Karadas, Athanasios C. Pappas, Peter F. Surai. Influences of carotenoid supplementation on the integrated antioxidant system of a free living endangered passerine, the hihi (Notiomystis cincta). Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology A 143, 149–154 (2006).      PDF

Kevin A. Parker, Barbara Hughes, Rose Thorogood, Richard Griffiths. Homing over 56 km by a North Island tomtit (Petroica macrocephala toitoi). Notornis 51, 238–239 (2004).      PDF