kleptoparasite love


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  • n. An animal that engages in kleptoparasitism.
  • v. To engage in kleptoparasitism


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  • The presence of a thief means safety: I wasn't even aware of the term kleptoparasite before reading about the drongo, an African bird that makes its living by stealing food gathered by other bird species.

    Ars Technica

  • I'm thinking it's a five peso coin, that in addition to the kleptoparasite Magnificent Frigatebirds (which are really huge too) we have huge spiders running around through a person's stuff looking for money.


  • Here are three ways to avoid being called a seagull or -- worse yet -- kleptoparasite:

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  • Curious Expeditions: 'Like vultures, ravens often act as kleptoparasites, (parasitism by theft) stealing the kills of others. To the civilized eyes of the Victorians, there was something dark and ominous about this, and ravens in general.'

    August 5, 2008