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Koekoek: Beeld van een Onverwachte Gast [The Cuckoo: The Uninvited Guest]

By: Oldřich Mikulica(Illustrator), Tomáš Grim(Author), Karl Schulze-Hagen(Author), Bård G Stokke(Author), Nico de Haan(Foreword By), Jeanette van Leeuwen(Translated by)

160 pages, colour photos

KNNV Uitgeverij

Hardback | Dec 2016 | #231437 | ISBN-13: 9789050115872
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NHBS Price: £22.99 $30/€26 approx

About this book

Language: Dutch

We all know Cuckoos as the harbingers of spring – whose haunting calls proclaim the birds own name across fields and reedbeds. A bird much more often heard than actually seen, and often mistaken for a hawk or falcon when briefly glimpsed in flight. Cuckoos are also well known, perhaps even infamous, for their habit of laying their own eggs into the nests of much smaller species, such as reed warblers, who are then doomed to raise the enormous cuckoo chick rather than their own young, and whose eggs are ruthlessly thrown from the nest by the cuckoo hatchling.

But how does this complex behaviour act out in nature, and how did it evolve? What are the cuckoo's special tricks and what counter-measures have the host birds developed to resist the depredations of cuckoos? In Koekoek: Beeld van een Onverwachte Gast the authors delve into the stories behind what we see, and into the complex and ever evolving evolutionary arms race by which the nest parasite and its hosts constantly try to leapfrog each other into prime position. The natural history of the cuckoo-host struggle is illuminated with detailed explanations of the results of behavioural and ecological research to provide a comprehensive, but highly readable, account in which an insight into one puzzle constantly reveals a new question begging an answer.

The whole story is brought vividly to life through the astonishing photographs of Oldo Mikulica, who has watched cuckoos and their various hosts from hides for almost four decades. The result is a unique and beautiful book which both informs and delights.

Summary in Dutch:
Het blijft een fascinerend fenomeen: het koekoeksjong, parasiet in andermans nest. Vier Europese koekoek-experts hebben hierover een schitterend boek gemaakt, boordevol verhalen, achtergronden en nieuwe feiten over deze unieke vogels. Het boek beschrijft de ecologie, biologie en gedrag, maar ook folklore en cultuur, broedparasitisme bij andere dieren, onderzoek, bescherming en bedreigingen.

Het boek is boeiend en toegankelijk geschreven – maar vooral opvallend zijn de vele prachtige foto’s van de prijswinnende fotograaf Oldrich Mikulica. Die laten bijzonder koekoekengedrag zien, veelal niet eerder getoond. Daarmee is Koekoek ook een verrassend kijk- en leesboek voor jong en oud.

- Boeiende uitgave over vogelgedrag
- Unieke foto’s van prijswinnende fotograaf
- De nieuwste inzichten
- Geschreven door Europese vogelexperts

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