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Common Cuckoo

(Cuculus canorus)
Alternate name(s): "Cuckoo", "European Cuckoo"
German name(s): "Kuckuck"

Size: 32-36 cm; wing span 54-60 cm
Weight: 70-160 g (male 130 g average; female 110 g average)
Description     Classification     Distribution     Sightings     Photos     Breeding     Nest     Eggs     Behaviour     Food     Call/s

Physical description

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Taxonomy, classification

See Common Cuckoo at Wikipedia .

Range, habitat, finding this species

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Sightings

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Photos

Race "canorus"

ADULT

Grey morphology

MALE

Frontal view of a Common Cuckoo (photo courtesy of D. Wilczynska)
[Near Ostrow Mazowiecka, Masovia, Poland, May 2016]

Near-lateral view of a Common Cuckoo (photo courtesy of D. Wilczynska)
[Near Ostrow Mazowiecka, Masovia, Poland, May 2016]

Lateral view of a Common Cuckoo (photo courtesy of D. Wilczynska)
[Near Ostrow Mazowiecka, Masovia, Poland, May 2016]

Food, Diet

Common Cuckoos feed on various types of insects. The photo below shows that Common Cuckoos have a liking for hairy caterpillars.

Lateral view of a Common Cuckoo that has caught a caterpillar (photo courtesy of D. Wilczynska)
[Near Ostrow Mazowiecka, Masovia, Poland, May 2016]

Call(s)/Song

For this species we have recorded the following call(s)/song. The interpretation of their meaning is our own; comments and suggestions for improvement are welcome.

cuckoo_dw_20160503.mp3 canorus
(Poland)
Contact calls (male) © DW

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