Book Reception -- February 8th, 2006

Robert B. Payne was honored on February 8th for his new book on Cuckoos. The plates in the book were illustrated by Karen Klitz, MVZ archivist and artist, and the originals were on display in the MVZ Main Gallery at the reception.

Dr. Robert Payne, Professor and Curator at the Museum of Zoology and Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, was also speaker at the MVZ wednesday lunch seminar (12 noon) on February 8th, 2006.

His talk was "The Cuckoos: Species, Phylogenies and the evolution of extremes in avian parental care, from cooperative group nesting to nonparental brood parasitism."

References for talk:
Payne, R. B. 2005. The Cuckoos, Birds Families of the World. Oxford University Press. xxiii and 618 pp plus 20 color plates.
Payne, R. B. and M. D. Sorenson. 2003. Museum collections as sources of genetic data. Bonnischer Zoologische Beitrage 51 (2002): 97-104.
Sorenson, M. D. and R. B. Payne. 2002. Molecular genetic perspectives on avian brood parasitism. Integrative and Comparative Biology 42: 388-400.
Payne, R. B. and L. L. Payne. 1998. Nestling eviction and vocal begging behaviors in Australian glossy cuckoos Chrysococcyx basalis and C. lucidus. In: Parasitic Birds and their Hosts, Studies in Coevolution (S. I. Rothstein and S. K. Robinson, Eds.), pp. 152-169. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Payne, R. B. 1997. Avian brood parasitism. In: Host-Parasite Evolution: General Principles and Avian Models (D. H. Clayton and J. Moore, Eds.), pp. 338-369. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Payne, R. B., L. L. Payne and I. Rowley. 1985. Splendid wren Malurus splendens response to cuckoos: an experimental test of helping and social organization in a communal bird. Behaviour 94: 108-127.
Payne, R. B. 1977. The ecology of brood parasitism in birds. Ann. Rev. Ecol. Syst. 8: 1-28.

There is more information on Dr. Payne at these websites:,2810,17537%255Fpeople%255F75875081,00.html