Cuckoo call adds another layer of deception

Credit: Dan Kitwood/Getty ImagesThe common cuckoo, notorious for evading parental duty by hiding her eggs in the nests of other brooding birds, is even more devious than previously thought, scientists revealed on Monday. After laying an egg, the female distracts the owner of the nest — a reed warbler, in this case — essentially by frightening the poor bird out of its wits, they said. The cuckoo gives a “chuckle” that mimics the call of the sparrowhawk -- which loves to snack on warbler flesh -- before abandoning her egg among the warbler’s clutch and flying off to freedom. “This hawk-like chuckle call increases the success of parasitism by diverting host parents’ attention away from the clutch and towards their own safety,” a duo of Cambridge University researchers wrote in the journal Nature Ecology & Evolution. “As a result, the female cuckoo might have ‘the last laugh’ in this particular battle.” The bird whose behavior gave us the word “cuckoldry” is an example of a “brood parasit

Cuckoo call adds another layer of deception

The female bird makes a different and much sneakier sound than the male.

Tue 5 Sep 17 from Nature News

Scientists expose true extent of cuckoo's cunning

The common cuckoo, notorious for evading parental duty by hiding her eggs in the nests of other brooding birds, is even more devious than previously thought, scientists revealed on Monday.

Mon 4 Sep 17 from Phys.org

Cuckoo calls sound like hawks to distract the birds they’re preying on

Distraction results in a lower chance of their eggs getting the boot.

Fri 8 Sep 17 from Arstechnica

As it tricks other birds into raising its young, scientists have discovered that the cuckoo bird also distracts its mark with fear.

Credit: Dan Kitwood/Getty ImagesThe common cuckoo, notorious for evading parental duty by hiding her eggs in the nests of other brooding birds, is even more devious than previously ...

Tue 5 Sep 17 from Discovery News

Cuckoo more ‘devious’ than previously thought

Cambridge study throws more light

Mon 4 Sep 17 from The Hindu

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