National Geographic : 1942 Jun
ainUli ueugiapnlc Bucuey i.ouacnromie DyJr.Artnur A.Alien With Canny Foresight This Yellow-billed Cuckoo Reared Its Brood Close tothe Family Larder An empty web of tent caterpillars and green leaves on the apple tree indicate that the young fared well. Deep-yellow mandible and guttural chirping quickly identify the adult bird with its long, white-spotted tail. In contrast to the European Cuckoo, the Yellow-billed Cuckoo does notlayitseggs inother birds' nests, but hatches and rears its own young. During the winter these cuckoos benefit our good neighbors in Colombia, Venezuela, and Brazil bydestroying hairy caterpillars.