Nearly everyone is familiar with the cuckoo clock which a small, wooden bird announces the hours “cuckoo, cuckoo.”

The clock bird is imitating the loud call of the European cuckoo, and ashy-gray bird about size of the small pigeon.

Cuckoo

“Cuckoo” is the name of several closely related birds that are found nearly all parts of the world.

Perhaps the most interesting thing about the cuckoo is that it builds no nest of its own but lays its eggs in the nests of other birds.

When the baby cuckoo hatches, the foster parents feed it as carefully as if it were their own.

Actually, not all cuckoos are guilty of this behavior.  Some cuckoos build untidy nests in quiet woodlands and care for their young.

Cuckoos are helpful to man.  They eat many insect pests such as hairy caterpillars.  Such insects are shunned by other birds because of the caterpillar irritating bristles.– Dick Rogers

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