Cuckoo Cuculus canorus, perched in the top of a tree, Co. Durham


Three species of cuckoos regularly visit Europe. There is only one in the UK, but there are many other species worldwide.

They take their name from the familiar European one which calls ‘cuckoo’ in spring. Most cuckoos are migrants; ours spend the winter in Africa. They are parasitic, laying their eggs in the nests of other species, which rear the young cuckoos in place of their own offspring.