OUP Oxford, 14 lip 2005 - 644
The cuckoos are the most variable birds in social behavior and parental care: a few cuckoos are among the most social of all birds and rear their young in a common nest; most cuckoos are caring parents that rear their own young with some females laying a few eggs in the nests of others; while many cuckoo species are brood parasites who leave their eggs in the nests of other birds to rear, with their young maturing to kill their foster nestmates. In The Cuckoos, Robert B. Payne presents a new evolutionary history of the family based on molecular genetics, and uses the family tree to explore the origins and diversity of their behaviour. He traces details of the cuckoos' biology to their original sources, includes descriptions of previously unpublished field observations, and reveals new comparisons of songs showing previously overlooked cuckoo species. Lavishly illustrated with specially commissioned colour plates and numerous maps, halftones, and line drawings, The Cuckoos provides the most comprehensive and up-to-date account of this family yet available.
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Africa AMNH Australia behavior belly bill black birds black bars Black Coucal blackish BMNH Borneo Bronze-cuckoo brood brood-parasitic cuckoos buff Cacomantis canorus caterpillars characters Overall length Chrysococcyx Coccyzus color Common Cuckoo Common Koel Coua Coucal Centropus crown cuckoo egg dark brown dark gray Description ADULT eye-ring feed female Field characters Overall fledged FMNH Food Insects forest genetic Geococcyx glossy green ground-cuckoos Guinea Guira Guira Cuckoos Habitat Hawk-cuckoo host eggs host species Incubation India iris Islands juvenile Koel lowlands Madagascar mainly Malay Peninsula male Malkoha Measurements and weights nesting cuckoos nestling periods northern notes occur ofthe pairs pale parasitism Payne Phaenicophaeus Philippines plumage Range and status rectrices RMNH Roadrunner rufous Sexes alike skin Smythies song southern specimens Spotted Cuckoo streaks subspecies Sulawesi Sumatra tail coverts tarsus tree UMMZ underparts upperparts USNM white spots white tips whitish wing coverts Wing formula yellow Yellow-billed Cuckoos young cuckoo Zambia