|Common Cuckoo (Cuculus canorus)|
The Common Cuckoo is found throughout most of Europe and Asia during the northern summer. It inhabits a wide variety of habitats across a wide range of climatic zones.
|It arrives in Europe during April and May and starts to return to its wintering quarters in Africa, mainly south of the Equator, in August.
It is blue-grey above and on its head and chest. The belly is white with fine, black bars. Feet and orbital ring are yellow. The iris is light brown to orange.
|The Common Cuckoo is the classic brood parasite and some of its favoured host species are Meadow Pipit Anthus pratensis, Dunnock Prunella modularis and Reed Warbler Acrocephalus scirpaceus.|
There are illustrations in HBW, Volume 4, Pages 527, 537 and 552.