Key information: The Common Cuckoo is a solitary bird that is more often heard than seen. It visits Cyprus mostly during spring migration and although there is not definite evidence yet, it likely breeds in small numbers in the forests. Both the Common Cuckoo and the Great Spotted Cuckoo are parasitic birds, which means they lay their eggs in the nests of other species, this way giving the responsibility of feeding and rearing their chicks to other bird species.
Length: 32 – 36 cm
Habitat: Mountains and forests
When they can be seen: Spring, summer
What they eat: Invertebrates
In Cyprus: Can be seen in forests as well as coastal areas during migration
Status: Passage migrant
Illustration by Paschalis Dougalis