Brood parasitism: cuckoo cuckoo

Brood parasites in general hijack parental care. They drop off their kids in a strange nursery and fool the stranger into thinking it is their kid. This occurs in birds, fish and insects.

Here is an example from the BBC’s “Natural World” with a special appearance by behavioral ecologist, Nick Davies.

The video below comes from the National Geographic channel.

Here is a link to find out more about cuckoo bees http://www.cirrusimage.com/bees_cuckoo_Nomada.htm

2 Responses to Brood parasitism: cuckoo cuckoo

  1. Wow! I studied mouthbrooding cichlids for years but never knew about these catfish. Fascinating.

  2. Odd it may be but we have been able to put this knowledge to good use
    see: http://eswarann.wordpress.com/2012/03/10/cuckoo-search/

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