From Thomas Mayo Brewer to Augustus Addison Gould1 [March 1858]2
My Dear Dr
In regard to the subject matter of Mr Darwins note to you I have to say that I have never known an instance in which 〈our〉 Yellow-billed Cuckoo has been known to drop an egg in the nest of any othe〈r〉 bird.3 I have however seen a nest (—it was exhibited so not found in the field—) of the Chipping Sparrow containing the egg of a Black-billed Cuckoo—but I have always supposed it was deposited there by human 〈 〉
〈I know〉 of few birds more faithful apparently to their own young than both species of our cuckoos.
Very truly yrs | T M Brewer Dr A. A. Gould
‘Yarrell Vol. 2 p. 205 2d Editn saysQQQQ thatQQQQ the Coccyzus Americanus occasionally lays eggs in other birds nests
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WilsonQQQQ says CoccyzusQQQQ eggs areQQQQ small’ pencil ‘Ch 10’ brown crayon
‘Look in Agassiz Catalogue for Grays paper on allQQQQ coloursQQQQ of Cuckoo— Read before Zoolog. Soc.’ pencil
Writes regarding CD’s query on yellow-billed cuckoo and the laying of eggs in other birds’ nests.
Please cite as
Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 2421,” accessed on 21 February 2017, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-2421