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  • n. The parasitic theft of captured prey, nest material, etc. from animals of the same or another species.


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klepto- +‎ parasitism


  • These birds are fairly common throughout Southeast Asia, India and Australia, and generally make their living by either scavenging seafood or kleptoparasitism stealing prey from other birds, but they will sometimes hunt bats or hares.

    Mystery bird: Brahminy kite, Haliastur indus

  • Behavioralists call this strategy kleptoparasitism, but the move should be familiar beginning in junior high school and ending just about the time that hen loses her resolve and makes that mistake.


  • Le Corre suggests that the occurrence of the white-tailed brown morph at Europa may act as a defensive camouflage against kleptoparasitism (a behavior of stealing another bird's catch) by great frigatebirds (Fregata minor) and brown skuas (Catharacta antarctica).

    Ile Europa and Bassas da India xeric scrub

  • High hunting costs make African wild dogs vulnerable to kleptoparasitism by hyaenas.

    Lunging is expensive, jaws can be noisy, and what’s with the asymmetry? Rorquals part III


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  • (n). The stealing of food from an organism or animal that has caught, killed, or stored it. Noted in bees, birds, and other animals. Advantageous to the parasite which expends much less time and energy sercuring food.

    Also cleptoparasitism

    July 30, 2009