Tuesday, 3 April 2012

C is for Cuckoo

Those adorable little birds with a distinctive sound. Perhaps NOT. I recently learnt that some species of Cuckoo cannot relate to the film "One flew over the Cuckoo's nest" Why, because building nests is far too much trouble. In fact looking after chicks is a bit of a bind as well. So they don't bother.
For some Cuckoo's it is far easier to lay your egg in the nest of a different species of bird, perhaps a small Reed Warbler.Then fly off and leave the rest to your psychotic chick. Yes the newly born chick is born with the first instinct to kick the real eggs out of the nest and relax waiting for food. The little Reed Warbler doesn't catch on. Perhaps the small parent bird wonders why the chick ends up twice her size and not as easy to please as her friends chicks?  This is the stuff that inspires horror stories and films, it's The Changeling story straight from nature. Truly science is stranger than fiction.

 




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8 comments:

mybabyjohn/Delores said...

What a hideous little creature...evil incarnate.

Paula Martin said...

And then the psychotic little chick does exactly the same once it grows up. No role model, just genetics or instinct?

Natalie said...

I much prefer the cuckoo that pops out of my clock every hour- how horrid!

John Teal said...

Delores I think you are right !

Paula, that's an interesting point certainly seems that the main driving influence is nature not nurture.

Natalie, perhaps the cuckoo in the clock doesn't really belong there? It may just be squatting !

Tracy said...

haha, yeah, I agree with natalie, I prefer to think of the cuckoo in my clock rather than the one that doesn't bother to build a nest to care for its young...
Good C words; so much fun to se what others come up with!

Elizabeth Mueller said...

Aw, how sweet! I also love your little C graphic. Love it! <3

Happy C day!

Elizabeth

A to Z co-host

Theresa Milstein said...

I had no idea cuckoos had such issues!

Heather M. Gardner said...

Huh. That is pretty damn odd.
Good post.
HMG

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