Great Spotted Cuckoo

  • Order: Cuculiformes
  • Family: Cuculidae
  • Genus: Clamator
  • Species: C. Glandarius
  • Birdsong


The Great Spotted Cuckoo is one of the first summer visitors to arrive, with the first sightings from the start of January. It is a noisy bird which parasitizes the nests of Magpies, so in the spring a common sight is that of Magpies chasing Great Spotted Cuckoos away from their nests. They are mainly birds of the edge of open plains which are bordered by small bushes and trees, where Magpies are nesting. They feed mainly on the ground, looking for caterpillars. The adults return to Africa in June, whilst juvenile birds can still be seen in July.

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