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Cuckoo: Cheating by Nature Hardcover – April 7, 2015

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“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.” ―David Attenborough

“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.” ―Kirkus Reviews

“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.” ―starred review, Library Journal

“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.” ―The Wall Street Journal

“For birding and evolution aficionados, Cuckoo is a lyrical and scientifically satisfying exploration of one of nature's most astonishing and beautiful adaptations.” ―Bird Booker Report

“Nick Davies, after three decades of studying cuckoos, brings us the answers in an understandable fashion.” ―The Washington Herald

About the Author

Nick Davies is Professor of Behavioral Ecology at the University of Cambridge, a Fellow of the Royal Society, and his awards include the 2005 Elliot Coues Medal of the American Ornithologists' Union. His book Cuckoos, Cowbirds and Other Cheats won the Best Book of the Year Award from the British Trust for Ornithology and British Birds magazine. Davies lives in Cambridge, England.

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