Common Cuckoo

Cuculus canorus

(C. c. canorus)

Armenian Name: Սովորական կկու
Common Cuckoo

See Plate 34 for Common Cuckoo and other similar species

Resident Status: Breeding bird
Abundance: Common
Length:32-34 cm, Wing Span:55-60 cm
Distribution Map: Map 179.
Description: Long-tailed, narrow-winged bird.
Adult: Uniform gray upperparts and breast contrast with dark-barred white belly. Females also occur in an uncommon red-brown phase.
Juvenile: Similar to adult but has whitish feather edges on back and wings.
Behavior: Flight is straight; wings are not raised above the body. Gives a repeated two-note whistle.
Habitat: Grasslands, shrubs, forests, reedbeds.
Food: Insects, especially hairy caterpillars.
Nest: Brood parasite; lays eggs in nests of other species.
Eggs: 23 mm, matches host eggs; in Armenia, parasitizes Grey Wagtail, Black Redstart, Ortolan Bunting, Greater Whitethroat, and Eurasian Reed-Warbler.