I am interested in behavioural ecology with main interest in avian brood parasitism, personality and breeding ecology.


2007 - MSc in Physical Education Teaching and Biology Teaching

2011 - PhD in Zoology

Publications (Google Scholar Profile)

--- 2021 ---

Samaš P., Hauber M. E. & Honza M. 2021: A Meta-Analysis of Avian Egg Traits Cueing Egg-Rejection Defenses Against Brood Parasitism. Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution 9:703208.

Trnka A. & Samaš P. 2021: The use of social information about predation risk by foraging house sparrows: a feeder experiment. Journal of Ethology. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10164-021-00720-3

Petrželková KJ, Uwamahoro C, Pafčo B, Červená B, Samaš P, Mudakikwa A, Muvunyi R, Uwingeli P, Gilardi K, Nziza J, Noheri JB, Eckardt W, Ndagijimana F, Ssebide B, Okwirokello R, Nizeyimana F, Syaluha EK, Nzayisenga G, Flores Girón L, Bahizi M, Ntwari AE, Lukusa JP, Tumushime JC, Mangura D, Mapilanga J, Kalonji A, Aruho R, Stryková A, Tehlarová Z, Cameira R, Lowenstine L, Šlapeta J, Romportl D, Ferrari N, Cranfield M, Modrý D 2021: Heterogeneity in patterns of helminth infections across populations of mountain gorillas (Gorilla beringei beringei). Scientific Reports 11: 1-14.

--- 2020 ---

Kysučan M., Samaš P. & Grim T. 2020: Post-fledging interactions between the common cuckoo Cuculus canorus and its cavity nesting common redstart Phoenicurus phoenicurus host.
Ibis 162: 90–103.

Manna T. J., Hanley D., Honza M., Čapek M., Rutila J., Samaš P., Abolins-Abols M. & Hauber M. E. 2020: Fitting different visual models to behavioral patterns of parasitic egg rejection along a natural egg color gradient in a cavity-nesting host species. Vision Research 167: 54-59.

Samaš P, Žabková K., Petrusková T., Procházka P., Požgayová M. & Honza M. 2020: Nestlings of the common cuckoo do not mimic begging calls of two closely related Acrocephalus hosts. Animal Behaviour 161: 89-94.

--- 2019 ---

Samaš P., Kysučan M., Honza M. & Grim T. 2019: Multiple costs are relevant for evolution of host anti-parasite defences. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London Series B 286: 20191690.

Samaš P., Grim T., Jelínek V., Abraham M. M., Šulc M. & Honza M. 2019: No immediate or future extra costs of raising a virulent brood parasite chick. Behavioral Ecology 30: 1020-1029.

--- 2018 ---

Canniff L., Dainson M., López A. V., Hauber M. E., Grim T., Samaš P. & Hanley D. 2018: Probing the limits of egg recognition using egg rejection experiments along phenotypic gradients. Jove-Journal of Visualized Experiments 138: e57512.

Samaš P., Rutila J., Honza M., Kysučan M. & Grim T. 2018: Rearing a virulent common cuckoo is not extra costly for its only cavity-nesting host. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London Series B 285: 20181710.

Trnka A., Samaš P. & Grim T. 2018: Consistent individual and sex-specific differences in behaviour of common cuckoo chicks: is there a potential impact on host-parasite coevolutionary dynamics?. Behaviour 155: 1051-1072.

Trnka A., Samaš P. & Grim T. 2018: Stability of a behavioural syndrome vs. plasticity in individual behaviours over the breeding cycle: Ultimate and proximate explanations. Behavioural Processes 153: 100-106.

--- 2017 ---

Grim T., Tyller Z. & Samaš P. 2017: Unusual diet of brood parasite nestlings and its fitness consequences. Auk 134: 732-750.

Hanley D., Grim T., Igic B., Samaš P., López A. V., Shawkey M. D. & Hauber M. E. 2017: Egg discrimination along a gradient of natural variation in eggshell coloration. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London Series B 284: 20162592.

--- 2016 ---

Grim T. & Samaš P. 2016: Growth performance of nestling cuckoos Cuculus canorus in cavity nesting hosts. Acta Ornithologica 51(2): 175-188.

Lomas Vega M., Willemoes M., Thomson R. L., Tolvanen J., Rutila J., Samaš P., Strandberg R., Grim T., Fossoy F., Stokke B. G. & Thorup K. 2016: First-time migration in juvenile common cuckoos documented by satellite tracking. PLoS ONE 11: e0168940.

Samaš P., Rutila J. & Grim T. 2016: The common redstart as a suitable model to study cuckoo-host coevolution in a unique ecological context. BMC Evolutionary Biology 16: 255.

--- 2015 ---

Dinets V., Samaš P., Croston R., Grim T. & Hauber M. E 2015: Predicting the responses of native songbirds to trans-oceanic invasions by brood parasites. Journal of Field Ornithology 86: 244-251.

Hanley D., Samaš P., Heryán J., Hauber M. E. & Grim T. 2015: Now you see it, now you don't: flushing hosts prior to experimentation can predict their responses to brood parasitism. Scientific Reports 5: 9060.

Hanley D., Samaš P., Hauber M. E. & Grim T. 2015: Who moved my eggs? An experimental test of the clutch arrangement hypothesis for the rejection of brood parasitic eggs. Animal Cognition 18: 299-305.

--- 2014 ---

Grim T., Samaš P., Procházka P. & Rutila J. 2014: Are tits really unsuitable hosts for the Common Cuckoo? Ornis Fennica 91: 166-177.

Samas P., Hauber M. E., Cassey P. & Grim T. 2014: The evolutionary causes of egg rejection in European thrushes (Turdus spp.): a reply to M. Soler. Frontiers in Zoology 11: 72.

Samas P., Hauber M. E., Cassey P. & Grim T. 2014: Host responses to interspecific brood parasitism: a by-product of adaptations to conspecific parasitism? Frontiers in Zoology 11: 34.

Grim T., Samaš P. & Hauber M. E. 2014: The repeatability of avian egg ejection behaviors across different temporal scales, breeding stages, female ages and experiences. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology 68: 749-759.

Hauber M. E.*, Samaš P.*, Anderson M. G., Rutila J., Low J., Cassey P. & Grim. T. 2014: Life-history predicts host behavioural responses to experimental brood parasitism. Ethology Ecology & Evolution 26: 349-364.

--- 2013 ---

Samaš P
., Heryán J. & Grim T. 2013: How does urbanization affect dispersal in blackbirds? Sylvia 49: 21-38. (in Czech, summary in English)

Trnka A., Požgayová M., Samaš P. & Honza M. 2013: Repeatability of host female and male aggression towards a brood parasite. Ethology 119: 907-917.

Samaš P., Grim T., Hauber M. E., Cassey P., Weidinger K. & Evans K. L. 2013: Ecological predictors of reduced avian reproductive investment in the southern hemisphere. Ecography 36: 809-818.

--- 2012 ---

Samaš P., Polaciková L., Hauber M. E., Cassey P. & Grim T. 2012: Egg rejection behaviour and clutch characteristics of the European Greenfinch introduced to New Zealand. Chinese birds 3: 330-338.

--- 2011 ---

Samaš P
., Hauber M. E., Cassey P. & Grim T. 2011: Repeatability of foreign egg rejection: testing the assumptions of co-evolutionary theory. Ethology 117: 606-619.

Grim T., Samaš P., Moskát C., Kleven O., Honza M., Moksnes A., Roskaft E. & Stokke B. G. 2011: Constraints on host choice: why do parasitic birds rarely exploit some common potential hosts? Journal of Animal Ecology 80: 508-518.

--- 2009 ---

Igic B., Cassey P., Samaš P., Grim T. & Hauber M. E. 2009: Cigarette butts form a perceptually cryptic component of song thrush Turdus philomelos nests. Notornis 56: 134-138.

* equal first authors

Peter Samaš


Institute of Vertebrate Biology
Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic
Kvetna 8
CZ-60365, Brno, Czech Republic

Email:  psamas(at)seznam.cz