SPEAK­ERS’ COR­NER

NICK DAVIES

BBC Wildlife Magazine - - Wild Events -

WHAT The Cuckoo: Cheat­ing by Na­ture WHEN Fri­day 2 De­cem­ber, 7 to 8pm WHERE Great North Mu­seum, Han­cock, New­cas­tle

With over 30 years of re­search be­hind him into the bat­tle be­tween cuck­oos and their hosts, Pro­fes­sor Nick Davies of the Univer­sity of Cam­bridge pro­vides a fas­ci­nat­ing in­sight into this re­mark­able and some­what bizarre be­hav­iour. “The sight of a lit­tle war­bler or pipit feed­ing an enor­mous cuckoo chick is as­ton­ish­ing,” he says. “Why are the hosts ap­par­ently so stupid?” Nick will be an­swer­ing this ques­tion in his il­lus­trated talk, dis­cussing the evo­lu­tion­ary arms race be­tween host de­fences and cuckoo trick­ery. The talk is free to mem­bers of the Nat­u­ral His­tory So­ci­ety of Northum­bria, and there is a £3 sug­gested do­na­tion for others.

Nick is the au­thor of Cuckoo: Cheat­ing by Na­ture (Blooms­bury, £16.99): http://bit.ly/2eQh2fO

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