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Common Cuckoo

Cuculus canorus

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Fairly common summer migrant from winter grounds in Africa. Found in woodland, heathland, farmland with hedges, marshes with scattered bushes. "COO-koo" song (like a cuckoo clock) often given from open perch. Note long wings and tail, barred belly, rather small bill. Flight direct and often low, suggesting a hawk or falcon. Lays eggs in nests of other birds, which raise the young cuckoos. Big baby birds begging from small songbirds such as Meadow Pipit and Reed Warbler will be cuckoos.

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