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Synonyms for cuckoo

Synonyms for cuckoo

a man who is a stupid incompetent fool

repeat monotonously, like a cuckoo repeats his call

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It would be easy to show that several distinct mental actions are commonly embraced by this term; but every one understands what is meant, when it is said that instinct impels the cuckoo to migrate and to lay her eggs in other birds' nests.
I will select only three, out of the several which I shall have to discuss in my future work,--namely, the instinct which leads the cuckoo to lay her eggs in other birds' nests; the slave-making instinct of certain ants; and the comb-making power of the hive-bee: these two latter instincts have generally, and most justly, been ranked by naturalists as the most wonderful of all known instincts.
But the American cuckoo is in this predicament; for she makes her own nest and has eggs and young successively hatched, all at the same time.
This instinct may probably be accounted for by the fact of the hens laying a large number of eggs; but, as in the case of the cuckoo, at intervals of two or three days.
In this case, as with the supposed case of the cuckoo, I can see no difficulty in natural selection making an occasional habit permanent, if of advantage to the species, and if the insect whose nest and stored food are thus feloniously appropriated, be not thus exterminated.
HIS wings are just 23cm long and he has flown more than 3,000 miles in the past two months - et 'David' the cuckoo from Ceredin.
Later in the day we heard another and saw a further cuckoo.
THE spring sunshine may have decided to take a break on Saturday but it failed to cast a shadow over the 23rd Marsden Cuckoo Festival.
THE sound of the cuckoo - a distinctive call that heralds the start of summer - was heard for the first time in the West Midlands this week.
Sexual imprinting and song development may be of particular importance to the New World Striped Cuckoo (Tapera naevia), as this species engages in duets, a complex vocal behavior that is used to defend territory and coordinate breeding activity in Neotropical birds (Smith and Smith 2000, Topp and Mennill 2008, Koloff and Mennill 2011).
15, 2014 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- Cuckoo for Clocks, based in Antelope, Calif.
The Birmingham writer set his hit BBC3 sitcom Cuckoo, which returns this week, in the Staffordshire city.
A parasitic cuckoo chick foisted upon other birds can be luck in disguise, saving the nest with a disgusting defense.
When a telemetered cuckoo was located, we attempted to track it continuously throughout the day (ca.
The western yellow-billed cuckoo, a bird subspecies whose populations have verged on extinction in the western United States, is again up for consideration for special protections under the Endangered Species Act - and the proposal has some farmers and ranchers worried for their livelihoods.