ABC1 documentary on Cuckoos (4 April)

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Subject: ABC1 documentary on Cuckoos (4 April)
From: "David Rosalky" <>
Date: Sat, 10 Apr 2010 19:48:31 +1000
I suspect many COGites watched this program.  If you didn't, it is on iView until 18 April.  Excellent program - certainly worth watching.
It is based on the work of Cambridge researcher Ian Davies.  Davies wrote an excellent book (recommended to me some time ago by Peter Fullagar - thank you Peter) called "Cuckoos, Cowbirds and other Cheats".  Unlike the program which was restricted to the Common Cuckoo in UK, the book takes a holistic look at cuckoos and passerine brood parasites and details the research that has exposed the biological processes in the parasitism and defences against it.  It covers all, or certainly most, such parasites across the world including Australia's cuckoos and major host species.  Excellent book and very readable. 
David Rosalky
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