Wikipedy.com                                                                                           Online encyclopedia

   Home     Add article      About

 INDEX

 

Cuckoo, facts about cuckoo

Facts about cuckoo

The cuckoo is well-known for its unmistakable call, from which it gets its name, and for its habit of laying its eggs in other birds' nests. Cuckoos are fairly large birds, with slender wings and tails. They are found in most parts of the world, but mainly in tropical areas.

A female cuckoo lays only one egg in each nest, and an individual cuckoo will almost always keep to one kind of nest - such as that of the meadow pipit. The cuckoo's egg is usually larger than that of the host bird, but it has a similar pattern and is accepted by the host bird as one of its own. When the egg hatches, the young cuckoo pushes the other eggs or chicks out of the nest, and the foster parents continue to feed it until it is fully grown.

 In the final stages, the young cuckoo may be two or three times the size of the foster parents that feed it. Many people listen for the first call of the cuckoo as a sign of returning spring. Only the male bird sings 'cuckoo'.

You can read these articles also:

Free online encyclopedia for kids and adults

Curie, Marie

Interesting facts about crickets match

Custer, George Armstrong

Crustaceans. Facts about crustaceans

Cybernetics

Cuba: facts and information

Cycling. Facts about the cycling

Cuckoo. Facts about cuckoo

Revolutionary War for kids

 
 
 

A

B

C

D

E

F

G

H

I

J

K

L

M

N

O

P

Q

R

S

T

U

V

W

X

Y

Z

 
   
   
 
 
   
 
   
   

 

 
       

Wikipedy.com @ - Online Encyclopedia