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The familiar call of the common cuckoo, cuck-oo, has been a harbinger of spring ever since our ancestors walked out of Africa many thousands of years ago. However, for naturalist and scientist Nick Davies, the call is an invitation to solve an enduring puzzle: how does the cuckoo get away with laying its eggs in the nests of other birds and tricking them into raising young cuckoos rather than their own offspring?Early observers who noticed a little warbler feeding a monstrously large cuckoo chick concluded the cuckoo's lack of parental care was the result of faulty design by the Creator, and that the hosts chose to help the poor cuckoo. These quaint views of bad design and benevolence were banished after Charles Darwin proposed that the cuckoo tricks the hosts in an evolutionary battle, where hosts evolve better defenses against cuckoos and cuckoos, in turn, evolve better trickery to outwit the hosts. For the last three decades, Davies has employed observation and field experiments to unravel the details of this evolutionary arms race between cuckoos and their hosts. Like a detective, Davies and his colleagues studied adult cuckoo behavior, cuckoo egg markings, and cuckoo chick begging calls to discover exactly how cuckoos trick their hosts. For birding and evolution aficionados, "Cuckoo" is a lyrical and scientifically satisfying exploration of one of nature's most astonishing and beautiful adaptations."
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"A remarkable book." - Nature on Cuckoos, Cowbirds and Other Cheats "Truly fascinating." - Birding World on Cuckoos, Cowbirds and Other Cheats "This is a marvellous book, written in a lucid style." - Nature on An Introduction to Behavioral Ecology "An engaging introduction to current questions about the evolution of mating systems." - Science on Dunnock Behavior and Social Evolution, My hope is that this reads like a nature detective story,' writes Davies. He has achieved his goal and more in this fascinating study of 'an evolutionary arms race., Nick Davies, after three decades of studying cuckoos, brings us the answers in an understandable fashion., This amazing detective story by one of the country's greatest field naturalists is also a fascinating study that solves many of the puzzles surrounding this most extraordinary bird., For birding and evolution aficionados, Cuckoo is a lyrical and scientifically satisfying exploration of one of nature's most astonishing and beautiful adaptations., A Remarkable Book., Truly Fascinating., This is highly literate, beautifully written natural history-where the big ideas presented (e.g., evolution, natural selection) will engage amateur and expert readers alike., This ISA Marvellous Book, Written in a Lucid Style., An Engaging Introduction to Current Questions about the Evolution of Mating Systems., Not only an absorbing account of a remarkable species but a love song to field biologists, that vanishing breed of scientists who, like the birds, do their work out of doors and connect our technological present to our earthbound past., "A remarkable book." Nature on Cuckoos, Cowbirds and Other Cheats "Truly fascinating." Birding World on Cuckoos, Cowbirds and Other Cheats "This is a marvellous book, written in a lucid style." Nature on An Introduction to Behavioral Ecology "An engaging introduction to current questions about the evolution of mating systems." Science on Dunnock Behavior and Social Evolution