Wild birds of Ireland - Cuckoo « Birds « Wildlife Photography

Wild birds of Ireland - Cuckoo

Cuckoo - The cuckoo is a spring migrant to Ireland from central Africa where they winter. Their very distinctive call can be most often heard in late spring and early summer. The male cuckoo is a dove-sized bird with grey upper parts, head and chest with black barring on white under parts. The female is slightly smaller and can have a similar appearance to the male or have a brown rufous form. Cuckoos have a slender body with pointed wings and have a similar appearance to kestrels or sparrow hawks. They are well-known brood parasites, the females laying their eggs in the nests of other birds, especially Meadow Pipits, Dunnocks, Robins and Reed Warblers. Once common in Ireland the Cuckoo is in decline and has disappeared from large parts of the country probably due to habitat loss and resulting decline of its host species.

 

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