Cuculus canorus

The Birds of Great Britain
Vol.3 - Plate No. 67

Length: 35 cm

The Cuckoo breeds in the Eurasian continent, Britain, and Japan, and migrates south in the winter. The Japanese name 'kakko' and the English name 'cuckoo' both derive from its call, and in most languages over the world as well. The Cuckoo's parasition is well known, and many researchers have studied this peculiar habit. They often appear in fields in mountainous regions, rush fields, orchards, and lay their eggs in the nests of Great Reed Warblers and Black-faced Buntings.