Project properties

Title Tracking cuckoos: how do they select a suitable host nest to lay their egg?
Group Behavioural Ecology
Project type thesis
Credits 30-36
Supervisor(s) Sjouke A. Kingma
Kat L. Bebbington
Examiner(s) Marc Naguib
Contact info sjouke.kingma@wur.nl
Begin date 2020/03/10
End date 2023/03/10
Description Cuckoos lay their eggs in nests of other species who subsequently take care of it. How do cuckoos find and select a nest to lay their egg in? What do they base their choice on? Using radio-telemetry, we will follow levaillant�s cuckoos equipped with radio-transmitters to find this out.
Used skills Fieldwork, behaviour observations, radio-tracking, statistics
Requirements The fieldwork takes place in the savanna of Eswatini in Southern Africa; an adventurous attitude is an advantage: the fieldsite is beautiful but remote and accommodation is basic.