Welcome to Cameron and Jonah

Feb 15, 2022

Cameron Blair and Jonah Walker

Cameron Blair and Jonah Walker have joined the African Cuckoos team! Cameron previously did his BSc(Hons) project on the development of the guiding call of the greater honeyguide with the African Honeyguides team, and he has just started his MSc at the University of Cape Town, looking at how brood-parasitic honeyguide chicks are able to acoustically deceive their host parents. He is currently in the field assisting Tanmay Dixit with his work on cuckoo finches and their hosts. Jonah has also joined the team, working on the thermal properties of the eggs of cisticolas and prinias in Zambia, which are hosts of the cuckoo finch. This work will incorporate existing data and field studies in the 2022 rainy season. Welcome to both! 


Jess Lund awarded an R. C. Lewontin Grant from the Society for the Study of Evolution

The Society for the Study of Evolution has awarded Jess Lund an R. C. Lewontin Graduate Research Excellence Grant, which will enable her to expand her investigations into the fascinating lives of honeyguides. This grant is awarded to students early in their PhD programmes to assist them in enhancing the scope of their research. Thank you to the SSE for their generous support of our work!

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New paper on eggshell surface properties

Stephanie McClelland’s paper entitled “Eggshell composition and surface properties of avian brood-parasitic species compared with non-parasitic species” has been published in the journal Royal Society Open Science. This study measured structural properties of the eggshells of brood parasites and their hosts around the world. The study found that…

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