Common Cuckoo with it’s distasteful menu

Here I illustrated the Common Cuckoo (Cuculus canorus) feeding with hairy caterpillars (Aporia crataegi), which are distasteful to many birds. Cuckoo is an insectivore, eating mainly insects and their larvae. Hairy caterpillars, which are rejected by most birds, are eaten by the … Continue reading

Nestling types

There are two main types of nestling. One is the downy precocial chick like the Grey Partridge (Perdix perdix) and the other the naked altricial nestling, the typical song-bird nestling like Blackcap (Sylvia atricapilla). The precocial or nidifugous chick is active soon … Continue reading