Scientific Name: Cuculus canorus Common Name: Eurasian Cuckoo Other Name: Common Cuckoo, Asiatic Common Cuckoo, European Cuckoo, Gray Cuckoo,
Identifying Features: short legs, greyish, slender body and long tail, barred underparts, yellow feet, male has grey body while female has reddish-brown.
- Cuckoo adult mimics sparrowhawk, giving female time to lay eggs parasitically. More than 100 host species have been recorded.
- The common cuckoo’s diet consists of insects, with hairy caterpillars, which are distasteful to many birds, being a specialty of preference. It also occasionally eats eggs and chicks.
This image was clicked by Riaz Siddiki – via Flickr.
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