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Why some cuckoos have blue eggs

Academics / General Science : ScienceDaily: Science Society

Cuckoos are nest parasites, meaning they lay their eggs in other birds' nests. The female cuckoo has to lay eggs that mimic the color, size and shape of the eggs of the host bird. Using a massive data set, including data from museum...

Novel 'cuckoo search algorithm' beats particle swarm optimization in engineering design

Academics / General Science : ScienceDaily: Science Society

The familiar early summer call of the cuckoo has inspired composer and poet alike, but the sound belies the bird's true parasitic nature. Now, researchers have taken the cuckoo's wont to deposit its eggs in the nests of other birds ...

Batgirl and the Birds of Prey Vol. 1: Who is Oracle? Review

Entertainment / Pop Culture : Rogues Portal

Rogues Portal reviews the first volume of Batgirl and the Birds of Prey, one of the premiere titles from DC Comics' Rebirth relaunch. The post Batgirl and the Birds of Prey Vol. 1: Who is Oracle? Review appeared first on Rogues Port...

Cuckoos impersonate hawks by matching their 'outfits'

Academics / General Science : Science Codex

New research shows that cuckoos have striped or "barred" feathers that resemble local birds of prey, such as sparrowhawks, that may be used to frighten birds into briefly fleeing their nest in order to lay their parasitic eggs. read...

Cuckoos impersonate hawks by matching their 'outfits'

Academics / General Science : ScienceDaily: Science Society

An evolutionary trick allows cuckoos to 'mimic' the plumage of birds of prey, and may be used to scare mothers from their nests -- allowing cuckoos to lay eggs. Parasitism in cuckoos may be more much more widespread than previously ...

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