Contact: Thanh-Lan Gluckman
University of Cambridge
Caption: 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.
Credit: Credit: Thanh-Lan Gluckman and Gabriel A. Jamie
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