|MadSci Network: Zoology|
As far as I know, there are variations in cuckoo's eggs' colours and patterns. Does the cuckoo remember which bird species raised her or how does she choose the nest she lies her egg? Is the egg coulour/pattern only defined by maternal genes? If not, how does the female cuckoo know which male to mate, so that both were raised by the same species and thus to ensure the right egg apperance? Could the following be a solution: Are there local races of cuckoos which always choose the same host species and thus co-evolved a certain egg colour/pattern which resembles the hosts'? Thank you!
Re: How does a cuckoo know which bird species' egg her egg imitates?
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