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Tom Imrie

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Tom is the voice of wisdom, reason and logic on the Londolozi Ranging Team, as well as all the other facets that go hand-in-hand with being an intellectual far beyond the realm of most mere mortals. There are very few subjects under the ...

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on Starling Feeds Cuckoo – Strange but True

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Allan
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Brood parasitism, it’s very interesting. Nice article.

Graeme Marais
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Rich Cuckoos are amazing! Awesome to see this interaction..

Interestingly the starling (its foster parent) is resident, and does not migrate during our winter. The Great Spotted Cuckoo however without any contact with its parents, knows that it needs to fly 6 or 7 thousand kilometres north to South Western Europe/SE Asia. And even more remarkably return to the southern tip of Africa a couple of months later without any guidance.

Nature is marvellous

Rich
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Thats very interesting Graeme, thanks for passing on that bit of information, quite amazing that it manages that feat year in and out. Makes it even more special to witness a Great Spotted Cuckoo out in the bush.

James
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Great article, Thanks Tom

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