Cuckoos of the World (Helm Identification Guide)
This authoritative handbook, part of the Helm Identification Guides series, looks in detail at the world's cuckoos, couas and anis - the family Cuculidae. Famed as brood-parasites of other birds, the cuckoos include a diverse range of species, from the roadrunners of North America to the spectacular malkohas of southern Asia.
Discusses the biology and identification on a species-by-species basis, bringing together the very latest research with accurate range maps, more than 600 stunning colour photographs that illuminate age and racial plumage differences, and 36 superb plates by a team of internationally renowned artists.
Click here to read a review.
- ISBN: 9780713660340
- Author(s): Johannes Erritzoe, Clive F Mann, Frederik Brammer, Richard A Fuller
- Stock Code: 3660340
- Format: Hardback
- Illustrations: Colour photographs, Colour illustrations, Maps
- Pages: 480
- Published: 2012
Hardback £16.99Buy Now
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.