Common Iora feeding Banded Bay Cuckoo
this is a perfect mismatch with one species feeding another totally non-related species.
This parasitic cuckoo fledgling is tended by its host parent, a common Iora. The giant cuckoo baby is huge enough to swallow its parent whole but choose not to, as this obedient parent would one day help to raise another brood of cuckoo.
The pathetic host parent is completely oblivious of what is going on and is totally committed to its parental duties regardless of its baby's outlook. The very baby the Iora couple has help to raise has a dark secret that nature is hiding from them. This big fat baby is also the murderer of its own offspring. Sometime in the early stages of the nesting cycle, the cuckoo chick is genetically programed to destroy all the original Iora eggs/chicks by pushing them out of the nest one at a time without the real parent's knowledge. Being the planned sole survivor, he will receive all the food and care that he needs to grow up fast and strong. Interestingly, the host parent will never know the terrible truth and continue to tend to the alien chick even though he does not look like its own kind. Little do they know that they have brought up a monster. KNN
That seem cruel but nature invariably has a purpose to it which we have yet to find out.
Meanwhile all we can do is to let this weird but interesting behaviour continue to fascinate us until nature decide to give up its secrets.
There is even a darker secret. Its remain undiscovered until now. A series of shocking events have unfolded which reveal something totally unexpected and never being observed in the natural world since the dinosaur time. Read on...
@jurong eco garden, sg