Cuckoo eggs, museum collection

Cuckoo eggs, museum collection

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Credit: NATURAL HISTORY MUSEUM, LONDON/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Cuckoo eggs. Museum collection of cuckoo eggs and host eggs collected following observations made in the early 1920s. The common cuckoo (Cuculus canorus) is a brood parasite, laying its eggs in the nests of other birds. Those birds then hatch and raise the cuckoo chicks as if they were their own. These eggs are from the large collection made by the British ornithologist Edgar Percival Chance (1881-1955). This display is part of the collections at the Natural History Museum at Tring, Hertfordshire, UK.

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