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Cuckoo : cheating by nature, Nick Davies ; with field drawings by James McCallum

Label
Cuckoo : cheating by nature
Title
Cuckoo
Title remainder
cheating by nature
Statement of responsibility
Nick Davies ; with field drawings by James McCallum
Creator
Contributor
Author
Illustrator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
How does the cuckoo get away with laying its eggs in the nests of other birds and tricking them into raising young cuckoos rather than their own offspring? Early observers who noticed a little warbler feeding a monstrously large cuckoo chick concluded the cuckoo's lack of parental care was the result of faulty design by the Creator, and that the hosts chose to help the poor cuckoo. These quaint views of bad design and benevolence were banished after Charles Darwin proposed that the cuckoo tricks the hosts in an evolutionary battle, where hosts evolve better defenses against cuckoos and cuckoos, in turn, evolve better trickery to outwit the hosts. For the last three decades, Davies has employed observation and field experiments to unravel the details of this evolutionary "arms race" between cuckoos and their hosts. Like a detective, Davies and his colleagues studied adult cuckoo behavior, cuckoo egg markings, and cuckoo chick begging calls to discover exactly how cuckoos trick their hosts
Cataloging source
YDXCP
Dewey number
598.7/4
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
  • plates
Index
index present
LC call number
QL696.C83
LC item number
D388 2015
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Cuckoo : cheating by nature, Nick Davies ; with field drawings by James McCallum
Label
Cuckoo : cheating by nature, Nick Davies ; with field drawings by James McCallum
Publication
Copyright
Note
"First published in Great Britain 2015"--Title page verso
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Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
  • text
  • still image
Content type code
  • txt
  • sti
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
Contents
A cuckoo in the nest -- How the cuckoo lays her egg -- Wicked fen -- Harbinger of spring -- Playing cuckoo -- An arms race with eggs -- Signatures and forgeries -- A cheat in various guises -- A strange and odious instinct -- Begging tricks -- Choosing hosts -- An entangled bank -- Cuckoos in decline -- A changing world
Control code
ocn881092849
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Dimensions
22 cm
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Edition
First U.S. edition.
Extent
xx, 289 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9781620409541
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations (some color), map
Specific material designation
regular print
System control number
(OCoLC)881092849

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