Miles further clarifies this misconception in Our Southern Birds:

Neither [the Yellow-billed or Black-billed Cuckoos] is a good nest-builder, though none of our American Cuckoos ever becomes so lazy as to leave its egg in the home of another bird to be hatched and reared, like the European species. The nest is little more than a shabby platform of loosely laid sticks in a low tree or bush, softened by grasses and dry oak tassels, but so thinly that the three to five pale greenish blue eggs may sometimes be seen through it from below.   (144)