cuckoo egg


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cuckoo egg

An MP3 file designed to aggravate music swapping users and help deter illegal copying. Cuckoo eggs are either erroneously named or edited. For example, a song with a heavy metal title is really elevator music, or, after a few seconds of the original music, random noise, speech or even cuckoo clock sounds are heard until the end of the file.

The first cuckoo egg was released by Michael and Stephanie Fix in 2000. The idea was that eggs would be quickly propagated throughout file swapping services because titles are often not listened to before being made available to others. The term comes from the cuckoo bird, which lays its eggs in the nests of other birds. For more information, visit www.hand-2-mouth.com/cuckooegg. See Easter Egg.
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They have found that cuckoo eggs are internally incubated by the female bird for up to 24 hours before birth.
Acceptance of a Yellow-billed Cuckoo egg and nestling by a Red-winged Blackbird may be another indication of the plastic nature of parental care in North American songbirds (Shy 1982).
2002) found that in species where males also incubated, both males and females ejected artificial cuckoo eggs, but in those where males did not incubate, only females ejected them.
In a rare test of the idea, cuckoos retaliated against magpies in Spain that rejected cuckoo eggs, scientists reported in 1995.
Behavioral responses of potential hosts towards artificial cuckoo eggs and dummies.
The robins' eggs didn't look at all to human volunteers like cuckoo eggs.
Genetic and geographic variation in rejection behavior of cuckoo eggs by European Magpie populations: an experimental test of rejector-gene flow.
Recognition errors and probability of parasitism determine whether Reed Warblers should accept or reject mimetic cuckoo eggs.