Science: Cuckoo

The problem of the cuckoo was a step nearer solution last week, with the publication of Cuckoo Problems (H.F. & G. Witherby, Ltd., London), an authoritative treatise on the somewhat wayward habits of large European and Asiatic cuckoos which lay their eggs in the nests of other birds, leave their young to be brought up by foster parents.* Author: the 78-year-old dean of British ornithologists, Edward Charles Stuart Baker, C.I.E.; O.B.E.; F.Z.S.; M.B.O.U.; H.F.A.O.U.; H.F.H.O.U.; F.L.S.; J.P.

Ornithologist Baker's interest in cuckoos began rather dramatically. "I was a very small boy," he...

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