Why the Cuckoo Finch Is Called a Brood Parasite

When you think about parasites, usually one of the "mind-controlling" types comes to mind, or maybe the chestbursters from the Alien franchise. But in the animal kingdom, particularly among birds, there's another kind: the brood parasite. » 9/26/13 8:00am 9/26/13 8:00am

Nest stealing cuckoo birds are locked in evolutionary war with their…

Cuckoos don't bother building their own nests - they just lay eggs that perfectly mimic those of other birds and take over their nests. But other birds are wising up, evolving some seriously impressive tricks to spot the cuckoo eggs. » 3/24/11 1:41pm 3/24/11 1:41pm