Eurasian or Common Cuckoo Cuculus canorus canorus

on 20th August 2019

“This Eurasian or Common Cuckoo (Cuculus canorus canorus) was encountered and heard more often than seen. It was surreal (despite knowing it) to hear the bird call out with the classical ‘cuckoo-clock cuckoo’ calls of ‘cuck-oo’ or ‘cu-coo’. After hearing it a few times you can hear it in your sleep and even on return home.

“On two occasions we saw birds being chased by Stejneger’s or Eastern Stonechats (Saxicola maurus stejnegeri), presumably due to parasitism.

Male Eurasian Cuckoo.

“The bird above and below are both males. Only males are said to make the ‘cuck-oo’ calls and that is one means of identifying them. In addition, females in grey morph are said to have some ‘buffish wash on the upper breast’.

Male Eurasian Cuckoo.

“A recording of the calls can be heard HERE

“A sonogram and waveform are given below.”


Dato’ Dr Amar-Singh HSS
Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia
6th June 2019

Location: Nemuro Peninsula, East Hokkaido, Japan

Johannes Erritzøe, Clive F. Mann, Frederik P. Brammer and Richard A. Fuller. Cuckoos of the World, Helm, 2012.

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YC Wee

Dr Wee played a significant role as a green advocate in Singapore through his extensive involvement in various organizations and committees: as Secretary and Chairman for the Malayan Nature Society (Singapore Branch), and with the Nature Society (Singapore) as founding President (1978-1995). He has also served in the Nature Reserve Board (1987-1989), Nature Reserves Committee (1990-1996), National Council on the Environment/Singapore Environment Council (1992-1996), Work-Group on Nature Conservation (1992) and Inter-Varsity Council on the Environment (1995-1997). He is Patron of the Singapore Gardening Society and was appointed Honorary Museum Associate of the Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum (LKCNHM) in 2012. In 2005, Dr Wee started the Bird Ecology Study Group. With more than 6,000 entries, the website has become a valuable resource consulted by students, birdwatchers and researchers locally and internationally. The views and opinions expressed in this article are his own, and do not represent those of LKCNHM, the National University of Singapore or its affiliated institutions.

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