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Claire’s Cuckoo Finches in the spotlight

June 22, 2010

Dr Claire Spottiswoode, Birding Africa co-founder and University of Cambridge scientist, discovered with Dr Martin Stevens how Tawny-flanked Prinias discern their eggs from those of parasitic Cuckoo Finches.

Watch the slide show illustrating the findings on the BBC website, click here.
Read the feature in Science in Africa, click here.
Read the scientific article published in PNAS, click here.

Tawny-flanked Prinia eggs vary to confound Cuckoo Finches © Claire Spottiswoode

Tawny-flanked Prinia eggs vary to confound Cuckoo Finches © Claire Spottiswoode

Claire Spottiswoode photographs eggs of Cuckoo Finch and their Prinia host © Tim Dee

Claire Spottiswoode photographs eggs of Cuckoo Finch and their Prinia host © Tim Dee

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  1. dalton permalink
    June 26, 2010 5:07 pm

    This could be really sad – Africa’s first extinct bird species? Is Birdlife International going to do a follow up survey to confirm?

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