Common Cuckoo (Cuculus canorus)
Cuckoo, St Abbs, Borders, Scotland, June 2002 - click for larger image Scotland

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.

Cuckoo, St Abbs, Borders, Scotland, June 2002 - click for larger image 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.

Cuckoo, Kinlochbervie, Highlands, Scotland, May 2005 - click for larger image 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.

Cuckoo, Kinlochbervie, Highlands, Scotland, May 2005 - click for larger image
Cuckoo, Kinlochbervie, Highlands, Scotland, May 2005 - click for larger image
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