Common Cuckoo

Other Names: European Cuckoo. Name "cuckoo" has been in use since the 13th century.

Distribution: throughout Europe, Asia, and the Middle East in summer; sub-Saharan Africa in the winter.

Cuckoo distribution range map

Description:

Size: 32-36 cm in length with a 54-60 cm wingspan. 

Plumage: Males are slate-gray; the gray throat extends well down the bird's breast with a sharp differentiation from the barred underside. The iris, eye ring, the base of the bill and the feet are all yellow. Gray-morph adult females have a pinkish or buff background to the barring and neck sides, and sometimes small chestnut spots on the secondary feathers.

Rufous-morph adult females have reddish-brown uppersides with dark gray or black bars. The black upperside bars are narrower than the rufous bars.

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Common Cuckoo

Common Cuckoo

Bill Shape
curved
Regions
alaska
aleutians
hawaii
massachusetts
Tail Shape
rounded-tail
Wing Shape
pointed-wings
Habitat
Forests
Grasslands
Marshes
Color
gray
Body Shape
perching
Size
medium
Order
cuckoos, anis, roadrunners, turacos and their relatives - cuculiformes
Conservation Status
Least Concern
Bird Species