So here it is, the Pallid Cuckoo. A bird that spends much of its time observing others to seek a nest for its egg, usually one that has eggs resembling its own. Once a nest is found, the cuckoo will push out one egg of the host bird and lay its own egg in the nest. The unsuspecting pair of honeyeaters, wood-swallows, whistlers or fly catchers return to the nest and raise the baby cuckoo as their own. Their lives become consumed in feeding the giant chick and their own chicks either die of starvation or are pushed from the crowded nest.
How’s that for free board and lodging!