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Browse: Cuckoos Trick Other Cuckoos
Australian cuckoos are engaged in an arms race, competing with each other to take over the nests of other species.
A fairy-wren feeds a hungry Horsfield’s bronze-cuckoo fledgling.
Feature: Masters of Disguise
To avoid rejection by their hosts, Australian bronze-cuckoo chicks are near-perfect visual and vocal mimics that can quickly modify their call to match the species they are parasitising.
Superb fairy-wren
Feature: Learning Before Birth
Superb fairy-wrens sing to their chicks before they hatch, teaching them a begging call that identifies them before cuckoo chicks can predate the nest.