🦉 The common cuckoo (Cuculus canorus)
📚 Cuculus (lat.) cuckoo
📚 canorus (lat.) melodic, musical
Everyone has heard about this bird, but not everyone has seen her live, in nature. Some could hear her walking in the woods. But seeing her is not easy enough.
The arrival of these birds begins in the middle of spring. Males actively sing "cookoo" and stick out their tails, the so-called mating demonstration.
This bird is a nest parasite and therefore does not build nests. The female lays an egg in other people's nests. And this can be compared to a well thought out sabotage!
Having found the desired surrogate parent, the male begins to fly around and cuckle, thereby distracting future victims. Poor birds are well aware of the dolls and therefore try to drive them away from the nest. Meanwhile, the female cuckoo sits down on the nest and lays an egg. If found, she uses a hawk-like cry to scare the birds away.