The Cuckoos

Hardcover | July 14, 2005

byRobert B. Payne, Michael D. SorensenIllustratorKaren Klitz

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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; whilemany 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 toexplore 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 He traces details of the cuckoos' biology to their original sources, includes descriptions of previously unpublished field observations, and reveals new comparisons of songs showing previously overlooked cuckoo species.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 illustratedwith 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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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; whilemany cuckoo species are brood parasites who ...

Robert Payne is an academic ornithologist based at the University of Michigan, where he is a Professor of Zoology and Curator of Birds in the Museum of Zoology. He has extensive field work with various types of cuckoos throughout the world, and has published some 150 monographs and scientific papers on birds.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:644 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 1.5 inPublished:July 14, 2005Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0198502133

ISBN - 13:9780198502135

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Table of Contents

Part 11. Introduction2. Evolution and Classification3. Biogeography and Speciation4. Habitats and conservation5. Feeding ecology6. Breeding biology7. Brood parasitism8. Seasonality and climatic adaptationPart 2Species Accounts