The Cuckoos: Cuculidae (Bird Families of the World) by Robert B. Payne,Karen Klitz

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By Robert B. Payne,Karen Klitz

The cuckoos are the main variable birds in social habit and parental care: a couple of cuckoos are one of the such a lot social of all birds and rear their younger in a standard nest; so much cuckoos are being concerned mom and dad that rear their very own younger with a few adult females laying a number of eggs within the nests of others; whereas many cuckoo species are brood parasites who go away their eggs within the nests of alternative birds to rear, with their younger maturing to kill their foster nestmates. In The
Cuckoos, Robert B. Payne provides a brand new evolutionary historical past of the relatives in keeping with molecular genetics, and makes use of the genealogy to discover the origins and variety in their behaviour. He strains information of the cuckoos' biology to their unique assets, contains descriptions of formerly unpublished field
observations, and divulges new comparisons of songs displaying formerly ignored cuckoo species. Lavishly illustrated with especially commissioned color plates and diverse maps, halftones, and line drawings, The Cuckoos presents the main accomplished and updated account of this relations but available.

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