African Cuckoos on BBC One

Nov 15, 2014

Our African Cuckoos and their Fork-tailed Drongo hosts star in the “Parenthood” episode of the BBC Natural History Unit’s “Life Story” TV series, narrated by Sir David Attenborough. The broadcast is at 21h00 GMT on BBC One. The Natural History Unit team visited us in Zambia in September–October 2012 to film, ably assisted in the field by Jeroen Koorevaar. See also lovely photos of cuckoos, drongos and cuckoo trickery in the book accompanying the TV series.

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