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kleptoparasite Line breaks: klep¦to|para¦site
Pronunciation: /ˌklɛptə(ʊ)ˈparəsʌɪt/

Definition of kleptoparasite in English:


A bird, insect, or other animal which habitually robs animals of other species of food.
Example sentences
  • However, they are in competition with other kleptoparasites for opportunities to steal food.
  • Moreover, larger hunting parties are less likely to lose kills to kleptoparasites because they reduce carcass access time.
  • Collections were transported on ice to Flinders University, where census data were obtained from intact galls without kleptoparasites.


Example sentences
  • Such kleptoparasitic behavior is particularly common in birds, but it also occurs in mammals and invertebrates.
  • In this article, I present a model predicting the use of kleptoparasitism by unequal competitors and the distributions of kleptoparasitic and nonkleptoparasitic individuals among patches.
  • In Michigan, Thornhill frequently observed kleptoparasitic behavior of nine Panorpa species.
Example sentences
  • In roseate terns, kleptoparasitism is widespread, having been reported in England, Australia, Puerto Rico, and the United States.
  • On breeding grounds where the primary source of food is kleptoparasitism, territories are small and pairs nest in loose colonies.
  • Generally, increasing predator density makes kleptoparasitism more attractive.


Late 20th century: from Greek kleptēs 'thief' + parasite.

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