The Avian Brood Parasites; Deception at the Nest
Discusses all of the world's species of obligatory brood parasites -those birds that reproduce only by laying their eggs in the nests of other species. There are almost 100 birds which fall into this category & the author covers the ecological & evolutionary aspects of their remarkable behavioural adaptation.
- ISBN: 9780195110425
- Author(s): Paul A Johnsgard
- Stock Code: 5110425
- Format: Hardback
- Illustrations: Line drawings
- Pages: 424
- Published: 1998
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Beloved as the herald of spring, cuckoos have held a place in our affections for centuries. The oldest song in English celebrates the cuckoo's arrival, telling us that 'Sumer is icumen in'. But for many other birds the cuckoo is a signal of doom, for it is Nature's most notorious cheat.
Lively field drawings by James McCallum, and remarkable photographs, show cuckoos in action: from the female cuckoo laying her beautifully disguised egg, to the cuckoo chick ejecting the host's eggs and young from the nest to ensure it gets the full attention of its foster parents.Cuckoo offers a new insight not only into the secret lives of these extraordinary birds, but also into how cheating evolves and thrives in the natural world.
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This title has been produced as an aid to those involved in monitoring nests for research and conservation purposes. Contains a wealth of information for 145 British and Irish species together with introductory sections on nest monitoring techniques, nest identification, legislation, the BTO Nest Record Scheme and nest finding skills, 256pp. 2011