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Darwin Correspondence Project

DCP-LETT-2421

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 anest (—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

Footnotes

1
CD had asked Gould for information on the habits of the American cuckoo. Gould, in turn, had forwarded the queries to Thomas Mayo Brewer, an authority on birds’ eggs, and then sent Brewer’s reply to CD (see letter to A. A. Gould, 6 April [1858]).
2
For the basis of the date, see letter to A. A. Gould, 6 April [1858], n. 1.
3
See letter to A. A. Gould, 6 April [1858].

Summary

Writes regarding CD’s query on yellow-billed cuckoo and the laying of eggs in other birds’ nests.

Letter details

Letter no.
DCP-LETT-2421
From
Brewer, T. M.
To
Gould, A. A.
Sent from
unstated
Source of text
DAR 160: 305
Physical description
2pp damaged †(by CD), CD notes 3pp

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 2421,” accessed on 1 September 2016, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-2421

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