Beloved as the herald of spring cuckoos have held a place in our affections for centuries the oldest song in english celebrates the cuckoos arrival telling. 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 . The cuckoo is natures most famous cheat regularly manipulating and deceiving other species into raising their young nick davies exposes these generally plain looking birds to be some of the most cunning and inventive creatures in the natural world. About cuckoo beloved as a herald of spring cuckoos have held a place in our hearts for centuries but for many other birds the cuckoo is a signal of doom for it is natures most notorious cheat. In his latest book cuckoo cheating by nature davies takes the reader on a journey of discovery recounting the steps taken to unravel the evolution of the warblers defenses against the cuckoos trickery
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