Skip to main content

Would you raise the bird that murdered your children? - Steve Rothstein

2,185,355 Views

1,099 Questions Answered

TEDEd Animation

Let’s Begin…

A mother honeyguide has placed its chick into a bee-eater’s nest— puncturing all the other eggs in the nest and leaving only its own hatching alive. Over the following weeks, the host parents devotedly care for the hatchling whose mother murdered their offspring. This is brood parasitism, a phenomenon which is especially well-known among birds. Steve Rothstein digs into the evolutionary strategy.

About TED-Ed Animations

TED-Ed Animations feature the words and ideas of educators brought to life by professional animators. Are you an educator or animator interested in creating a TED-Ed Animation? Nominate yourself here »

Meet The Creators

  • Educator Stephen Rothstein
  • Director Mauricio Bueno, Lucy Animation Studio
  • Narrator Jack Cutmore-Scott
  • Storyboard Artist Mauricio Bueno, Dakalister
  • Animator Santiago Grillo, Mauricio Bueno, Ana María Martinez, Johanna Benavides, Isabella Giraldo, Mario Carrascal
  • Compositor Jorge Moyano, Jefersson Vargas
  • Art Director Dakalister
  • Line Producer Karina Forero
  • Music Adam Alexander, Gavin Dodds
  • Sound Designer Adam Alexander, Bamm Bamm Wolfgang
  • Director of Production Gerta Xhelo
  • Editorial Director Alex Rosenthal
  • Producer Bethany Cutmore-Scott
  • Editorial Producer Cella Wright
  • Script Editor Emma Bryce
  • Fact-Checker Jennifer Nam

More from Awesome Nature