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Cuckoo (Natural World)

Kanopy (Firm)
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Video; Streaming Video; Online
Summary
This is one of those rare occasions where reality is more amazing than folklore. The cuckoo has intrigued and inspired people for thousands of years, with Greek philosophers, poets and Shakespeare writing about these birds and their dubious reputation. But what separates the facts from the fiction? Every April the cuckoo comes to Europe from Africa, with its arrival once celebrated in pagan festivals. However, far removed from the seemingly idyllic 'herald of spring' image is the cuckoo's reputation regarding its unusual breeding tactics - it lays its eggs in another species' nest, it murders the host's chicks and it doesn't even look after its own young. It is this uniquely menacing approach to parenting that gives the cuckoo its notoriety. The cuckoo has been known to parasitize more than 50 different species in Britain alone, including reed warblers, dunnocks or meadow pipits. Each cuckoo specializes in matching its eggs perfectly to those of a certain species, so that its eggs can remain in the host's nest undetected. But why is the subsequent chick tolerated, fed and raised in the nest, even when the chick itself is several times larger than the host? 
Release Date
2009
Language
In English
Notes
  • Title from title frames.
  • In Process Record.
Published
[San Francisco, California, USA] : Kanopy Streaming, 2015.
Recording Info
Originally produced by BBCActive in 2009.
Publisher no.
1090306 Kanopy
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Mode of access: World Wide Web.
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