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The Cuckoos

Field / Identification Guide Flora / Fauna
By: Robert B Payne
618 pages, 20 col plates, tabs, maps
The Cuckoos
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  • The Cuckoos ISBN: 9780198502135 Hardback Jul 2005 Usually dispatched within 1 week
Price: £149.99
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About this book

Cuckoos are the most variable birds in social behaviour and parental care. Robert Payne presents a new evolutionary history of the family based on molecular genetics, and uses the family tree to explore their origins and diversity of behaviour.


PART 1; 1. Introduction; 2. Evolution and Classification; 3. Biogeography and Speciation; 4. Habitats and conservation; 5. Feeding ecology; 6. Breeding biology; 7. Brood parasitism; 8. Seasonality and climatic adaptation; PART 2; Species Accounts

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Field / Identification Guide Flora / Fauna
By: Robert B Payne
618 pages, 20 col plates, tabs, maps
Media reviews
...illustrated to a very high standard. The text is both informative and easy to read as it uses a slightly larger font size than in some handbooks. Jean Torrance, Scottish Bird Review In summary, "The Cuckoos" is a good review text of this fascinating group of birds that will serve as a reference text for many years to come. The strength of this book lies in the equal treatment of all cuckoo species whether they lay eggs in their own nests or in those of another species. Charles Deeming, Hatchery Consulting & Research
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