Do cuckoos effectively mimic their hosts? Here it is assessed from a host perspective whether the colour design of cuckoo eggs of different races maximizes matching for two favourite avian hosts.

Secondly, it is assessed the role of nest luminosity on host perception of matching.

Results revealed that cuckoo races as assessed by humans do not entirely match with host perception of matching and that achromatic mechanisms could play a main role on discrimination of cuckoo eggs at low light levels.

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