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Male Cuckoos, Cuculus canorus, sit on open perches to echo out their ‘Cuck – oo’ calls but the females typically hide in thick cover to avoid the attention of prospective hosts. Charles Tyler caught this rare sight of a female perching out in the open whilst foraging.

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From 'Female cuckoo calls misdirect host defences towards the wrong enemy'. York & Davies, Nature Ecology & Evolution 1; 1520-1525 (2017).

Patrick Goymer

Chief Editor, Nature Ecology & Evolution

Patrick joined Nature Publishing Group in 2005 as an Assistant Editor at Nature Reviews Genetics and Nature Reviews Cancer. In 2008 he moved to Nature, where he served as Senior Editor covering ecology and evolution, before becoming Chief Editor of Nature Ecology & Evolution in 2016. He has handled primary manuscripts and review articles across the entire breadth of ecology and evolution, as well as advising and writing for other sections of Nature. Patrick has a degree in genetics from the University of Cambridge, did his DPhil in experimental evolution at the University of Oxford, and did postdoctoral work on evolutionary and ecological genetics at University College London in association with Imperial College London at Silwood Park.