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Common Cuckoo, The

Synopsis
An educational version of the award-winning THE PETERSFINGER CUCKOOS broadcast by the BBC in 1976. It follows cuckoos as they pair in the spring after arriving from Central Africa until the departure of their offspring in late summer. These particular cuckoos made use of a colony of reed warblers to raise their young. The details of the egg-laying procedure are seen and the young cuckoos are observed eliminating the competition from the foster parents’ own young.
Language
English
Country
Great Britain
Medium
Film; Film. 16mm. sd. col. 16 min.
Technical information
Black-and-white / Sound
Year of production
1980
Availability
Sale
Subjects
Biology
Keywords
birds; cuckoos

Credits

Director
Edward Channell
Producer
Graham Smart
Writer
Richard Stratford
Contributor
Edward Channell

Distribution Formats

Type
Film
Format
16mm

Production Company

Name

Gateway Film Productions

Distributor

Name

Viewtech Educational Media

Contact
Lynda Morrell
Notes
NB. Viewtech ceased trading in 2014 and the company’s products are no longer in distribution For over 30 years Viewtech distributed programmes from leading specialist educational producers from around the world and since 2002 it included titles previously distributed in the UK by Educational Media Film & Video. The extensive collection covered all subjects within the primary and secondary curriculum and some materials, particularly in the areas of study skills and business, are applicable to further/higher education.

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