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Bird Alternative Title: Cuculidae Cuckoo, any of numerous birds of the family Cuculidae (order Cuculiformes. The name usually designates some 60 arboreal members of the subfamilies Cuculinae and Phaenicophaeinae. In western Europe “cuckoo, ” without modifiers, refers to the most common local form, elsewhere called the common, or European, cuckoo ( Cuculus ca no rus. Many cuckoos have specialized names, such as ani, coua, coucal, guira, and roadrunner. Members of the subfamily Neomorphinae are called ground cuckoos. Cuckoo ( Cuculus. Graeme Chapman/Ardea London Read More on This Topic cuculiform …two very distinct families, the cuckoos (Cuculidae) and the hoatzin (Opisthocomidae. Family Cuculidae is the much larger group, containing… The family Cuculidae is worldwide, found in temperate and tropical regions but is most diverse in the Old World tropics. Cuculids tend to be shy inhabitants of thick vegetation, more often heard than seen. Many species are named for the sounds they make—e. g., brain-fever bird (a hawk cuckoo, Cuculus varius) koel ( Eudynamys scolopacea) and cuckoo itself, the latter two names being imitations of the birds song. Cuculids range in length from about 16 cm (6. 5 inches) in the glossy cuckoos ( Chrysococcyx and Chalcites) to about 90 cm (36 inches) in the larger ground cuckoos. Most are coloured in drab grays and browns, but a few have striking patches of rufous (reddish) or white, and the glossy cuckoos are largely or partially shining emerald green. Some of the tropical cuckoos have strongly iridescent bluish plumage on their backs and wings. With the exception of a few strongly migratory species, most cuckoos are short-winged. All have long (sometimes extremely long) graduated tails, usually with the individual feathers tipped with white. The legs vary from medium to rather long (in the terrestrial forms) and the feet are zygodactyl; i. e., the outer toe is reversed, pointing backward. The bill is rather stout and somewhat downcurved. The attribute for which the cuckoos are best known is the habit of brood parasitism, found in all of the Cuculinae and three species of Phaenicophaeinae. It consists of laying the eggs singly in the nests of certain other bird species to be incubated by the foster parents, who rear the young cuckoo. Among the 47 species of cuculines, various adaptations enhance the survival of the young cuckoo: egg mimicry, in which the cuckoo egg resembles that of the host, thus minimizing rejection by the host; removal of one or more host eggs by the adult cuckoo, reducing both the competition from host nestlings and the danger of recognition by the host that an egg has been added to the nest; and nest-mate ejection, in which the young cuckoo heaves from the nest the hosts eggs and nestlings. Some species of Cuculus resemble certain bird-eating hawks ( Accipiter) in appearance and mannerisms, apparently frightening the potential host and allowing the cuckoo to approach the nest unmolested. Get exclusive access to content from our 1768 First Edition with your subscription. Subscribe today The nonparasitic phaenicophaeine cuckoos are represented in North America by the widespread yellow-billed and black-billed cuckoos ( Coccyzus americanus and C. eryth ropthalmus) and the mangrove cuckoo ( C. minor) which is restricted in the United States to coastal southern Florida (also found in the West Indies and Mexico to northern South America) they are represented in Central and South America by about 12 other species, some placed in the genera Piaya (squirrel cuckoos) and Saurothera (lizard cuckoos. The 13 Old World phaenicophaeine species are divided among nine genera. yellow-billed cuckoo Yellow-billed cuckoo ( Coccyzus americanus. Mdf The phaenicophaeine cuckoos build flimsy stick nests in low vegetation. Both parents share in incubation and feeding the young. This article was most recently revised and updated by Amy Tikkanen, Corrections Manager. Learn More in these related Britannica articles: cuculiform …two very distinct families, the cuckoos (Cuculidae) and the hoatzin (Opisthocomidae. Family Cuculidae is the much larger group, containing about 140 species of cuckoos, roadrunners, coucals, couas, malkohas, guiras, and anis; cuculids are found in the tropical and temperate zones of all the continents… mimicry: Cuckoos The European cuckoo ( Cuculus canorus) is a brood parasite; i. e., it lays its eggs in the nests of other birds, which act as foster parents for the young cuckoos. The most frequent foster parents are various species of small songbirds. Although the… reproductive behaviour: Caring for offspring In certain parasitic species of cuckoos, the females are divided into groups, or gentes, each of which lays eggs with a colour and pattern unlike those of the other groups. The females of each group usually select a particular species as the host, and, more often than not, the eggs….

Cuckoos Temporal range: Eocene - Holocene, 34–0  Ma PreЄ Є O S D C P T J K Pg N Fan-tailed cuckoo ( Cacomantis flabelliformis) Scientific classification Kingdom: Animalia Phylum: Chordata Class: Aves Clade: Otidimorphae Order: Cuculiformes Wagler, 1830 Family: Cuculidae Leach, 1820 Type species Cuculus canorus Linnaeus, 1758 Genera Around 26 The cuckoos are a family of birds, Cuculidae, the sole taxon in the order Cuculiformes. [1] 2] 3] The cuckoo family includes the common or European cuckoo, roadrunners, koels, malkohas, couas, coucals and anis. The coucals and anis are sometimes separated as distinct families, the Centropodidae and Crotophagidae respectively. The cuckoo order Cuculiformes is one of three that make up the Otidimorphae, the other two being the turacos and the bustards. The cuckoos are generally medium-sized slender birds. Most species live in trees, though a sizeable minority are ground-dwelling. The family has a cosmopolitan distribution, with the majority of species being tropical. Some species are migratory. The cuckoos feed on insects, insect larvae and a variety of other animals, as well as fruit. Some species are brood parasites, laying their eggs in the nests of other species, but the majority of species raise their own young. Cuckoos have played a role in human culture for thousands of years, appearing in Greek mythology as sacred to the goddess Hera. In Europe, the cuckoo is associated with spring, and with cuckoldry, for example in Shakespeare 's Love's Labour's Lost. In India, cuckoos are sacred to Kamadeva, the god of desire and longing, whereas in Japan, the cuckoo symbolises unrequited love. Description [ edit] Cuckoos are medium-sized birds that range in size from the little bronze cuckoo, at 17 g and 15 cm (6 inches) to the channel-billed cuckoo, at 630 g (1. 4 lbs) and 63 cm (25 inches. 4] There is generally little sexual dimorphism in size, but where it exists, it can be either the male or the female that is larger. One of the most important distinguishing features of the family are the feet, which are zygodactyl, meaning that the two inner toes point forward and the two outer backward. There are two basic body forms, arboreal species (like the common cuckoo) which are slender and have short tarsi, and terrestrial species (like the roadrunners) which are more heavy set and have long tarsi. Almost all species have long tails which are used for steering in terrestrial species and as a rudder during flight in the arboreal species. The wing shape also varies with lifestyle, with the more migratory species like the black-billed cuckoo possessing long narrow wings capable of strong direct flight, and the more terrestrial and sedentary cuckoos like the coucals and malkohas having shorter rounded wings and a more laboured gliding flight. [4] The subfamily Cuculinae are the brood-parasitic cuckoos of the Old World. [4] They tend to conform to the classic shape, with (usually) long tails, short legs, long narrow wings and an arboreal lifestyle. The largest species, the channel-billed cuckoo, also has the most outsized bill in the family, resembling that of a hornbill. The subfamily Phaenicophaeinae are the non-parasitic cuckoos of the Old World, and include the couas, malkohas, and ground-cuckoos. They are more terrestrial cuckoos, with strong and often long legs and short rounded wings. The subfamily typically has brighter plumage and brightly coloured bare skin around the eye. The coucals are another terrestrial Old World subfamily of long tailed long legged and short winged cuckoos. They are large heavyset birds with the largest, the greater black coucal, being around the same size as the channel-billed cuckoo. The subfamily Coccyzinae are arboreal and long tailed as well, with a number of large insular forms. The New World ground cuckoos are similar to the Asian ground-cuckoos in being long legged and terrestrial, and includes the long billed roadrunner, which can reach speeds of 30 km/h when chasing prey. The final subfamily are the atypical anis, which include the small clumsy anis and the larger guira cuckoo. The anis have massive bills and smooth glossy feathers. The feathers of the cuckoos are generally soft, and often become waterlogged in heavy rain. Cuckoos often sun themselves after rain, and the anis hold their wings open in the manner of a vulture or cormorant while drying. There is considerable variation in the plumage exhibited by the family. Some species, particularly the brood parasites have cryptic plumage, whereas others have bright and elaborate plumage. This is particularly true of the Chrysococcyx or glossy cuckoos, which have iridescent plumage. Some cuckoos have a resemblance to hawks in the genus Accipiter with barring on the underside; this apparently alarms potential hosts, allowing the female to access a host nest. [5] The young of some brood parasites are coloured so as to resemble the young of the host. For example, the Asian koels breeding in India have black offspring to resemble their crow hosts, whereas in the Australian koels the chicks are brown like the honeyeater hosts. Sexual dimorphism in plumage is uncommon in the cuckoos, being most common in the parasitic Old World species. Cuckoo genera differ in the number of primary wing feathers as below. Coccycua, Coccyzus, Phaenicophaeus, Piaya – 9 Cuculus – 9 or 10 Pachycoccyx, Clamator levaillantii, Centropus – 10 Microdynamis, Eudynamys, Clamator glandarius – 11 Some coucals – 12 Scythrops novaehollandiae – 13 Distribution and habitat [ edit] The cuckoos have a cosmopolitan distribution, ranging across all the world's continents except Antarctica. They are absent from the south west of South America, the far north and north west of North America, and the driest areas of the Middle East and North Africa (although they occur there as passage migrants. They generally only occur as vagrants in the oceanic islands of the Atlantic and Indian Oceans, but one species breeds on a number of Pacific islands and another is a winter migrant across much of the Pacific. [6] Cuculinae is the most widespread subfamily of cuckoos, and is distributed across Europe, Asia, Africa, Australia and Oceania. Amongst the Phaenicophaeinae cuckoos the malkohas and Asian ground-cuckoos are restricted to southern Asia, the couas are endemic to Madagascar and the yellowbill widespread across Africa. The coucals are distributed from Africa through tropical Asia down into Australia and the Solomon Islands. The remaining three subfamilies have a New World distribution, all three are found in both North and South America. The Coccyzinae reaches the furthest north of the three subfamilies, breeding in Canada, whereas the anis reach as far north as Florida and the typical ground-cuckoos the south west United States. For the cuckoos suitable habitat provides a source of food (principally insects and especially caterpillars) and a place to breed, for brood parasites the need is for suitable habitat for the host species. Cuckoos occur in a wide variety of habitats. The majority of species occur in forests and woodland, principally in the evergreen rainforests of the tropics. Some species inhabit or are even restricted to mangrove forests; these include the little bronze cuckoo of Australia, some malkohas, coucals, and the aptly-named mangrove cuckoo of the New World. In addition to forests some species of cuckoo occupy more open environments; this can include even arid areas like deserts in the case of the greater roadrunner or the pallid cuckoo. Temperate migratory species like the common cuckoo inhabit a wide range of habitats in order to make maximum use of the potential brood hosts, from reed beds (where they parasitise reed warblers) to treeless moors (where they parasitise meadow pipits. Migration [ edit] Most species of cuckoo are sedentary, but some undertake regular seasonal migrations and others undertake partial migrations over part of their range. Species breeding at higher latitudes migrate to warmer climates during the winter due to food availability. The long-tailed koel, which breeds in New Zealand, flies to its wintering grounds in Polynesia, Micronesia, and Melanesia, a feat described as "perhaps the most remarkable overwater migration of any land bird. 7] The yellow-billed cuckoo and black-billed cuckoo breed in North America and fly across the Caribbean Sea, a non-stop flight of 4000 km. Other long migration flights include the lesser cuckoo, which flies from Africa to India, and the common cuckoo of Europe, which flies non-stop over the Mediterranean Sea and Sahara Desert on the voyage between Europe and central Africa. [8] Within Africa, ten species make regular intra-continental migrations that are described as polarised; that is, they spend the non-breeding season in the tropical centre of the continent and move north and south to breed in the more arid and open savannah and deserts. [9] This is the same as the situation in the Neotropics, where no species have this migration pattern, or tropical Asia, where a single species does. 83% of the Australian species are partial migrants within Australia or travel to New Guinea and Indonesia after the breeding season. [10] In some species the migration is diurnal, as in the channel-billed cuckoo, or nocturnal, as in the yellow-billed cuckoo. Chestnut-winged cuckoo in Singapore. Behaviour and ecology [ edit] The cuckoos are for the most part solitary birds that seldom occur in pairs or groups. The biggest exception to this are the anis of the Americas, which have evolved cooperative breeding and other social behaviours. For the most part the cuckoos are also diurnal as opposed to nocturnal, but many species call at night (see below. The cuckoos are also generally a shy and retiring family, more often heard than seen. The exception to this are again the anis, which are often extremely trusting towards humans and other species. Most cuckoos are insectivorous, and in particular are specialised in eating larger insects and caterpillars, including noxious hairy types avoided by other birds. They are unusual among birds in processing their prey prior to swallowing, rubbing it back and forth on hard objects such as branches and then crushing it with special bony plates in the back of the mouth. [11] They also take a wide range of other insects and animal prey. The lizard cuckoos of the Caribbean have, in the relative absence of birds of prey, specialised in taking lizards. [12] Larger, ground types such as coucals and roadrunners also feed variously on snakes, lizards, small rodents, and other birds, which they bludgeon with their strong bills. Ground species may employ different techniques to catch prey. A study of two coua species in Madagascar found that the Coquerel's coua obtained prey by walking and gleaning on the forest floor, whereas the red-capped coua ran and pounced on prey. Both species also showed seasonal flexibility in prey and foraging techniques. [13] The parasitic cuckoos are generally not recorded as participating in mixed-species feeding flocks, although some studies in eastern Australia found several species participated in the non-breeding season, but were mobbed and unable to do so in the breeding season. [14] Ground-cuckoos of the genus Neomorphus are sometimes seen feeding in association with army ant swarms, although they are not obligate ant-followers as are some antbirds. [15] The anis are ground feeders that follow cattle and other large mammals when foraging; in a similar fashion to cattle egrets they snatch prey flushed by the cattle and enjoy higher foraging success rates in this way. [16] Several koels, couas, and the channel-billed cuckoo feed mainly on fruit, 17] but they are not exclusively frugivores. The parasitic koels and channel-billed cuckoo in particular consume mainly fruit when raised by frugivore hosts such as the Australasian figbird and pied currawong. Other species occasionally take fruit as well. Couas consume fruit in the dry season when prey is harder to find. [13] Breeding [ edit] The cuckoos are an extremely diverse group of birds with regards to breeding systems. [4] The majority of species are monogamous, but there are exceptions. The anis and the guira cuckoo lay their eggs in communal nests, which is built by all members of the group. Incubation, brooding and territorial defence duties are shared by all members of the group. Within these species the anis breed as groups of monogamous pairs, but the guira cuckoos are not monogamous within the group, exhibiting a polygynandrous breeding system. This group nesting behaviour is not completely cooperative; females compete and may remove others' eggs when laying hers. Eggs are usually only ejected early in the breeding season in the anis, but can be ejected at any time by guria cuckoos. [18] Polyandry has been confirmed in the African black coucal and is suspected to occur in the other coucals, perhaps explaining the reversed sexual dimorphism in the group. [19] The majority of cuckoo species, including malkohas, couas, coucals, and roadrunners and most other American cuckoos, build their own nests, although a large minority engage in brood parasitism (see below. Most of these species nest in trees or bushes, but the coucals lay their eggs in nests on the ground or in low shrubs. Though on some occasions non-parasitic cuckoos parasitize other species, the parent still helps feed the chick. The nests of cuckoos vary in the same way as the breeding systems. The nests of malkohas and Asian ground cuckoos are shallow platforms of twigs, but those of coucals are globular or domed nests of grasses. The New World cuckoos build saucers or bowls in the case of the New World ground cuckoos. [4] Non-parasitic cuckoos, like most other non-passerines, lay white eggs, but many of the parasitic species lay coloured eggs to match those of their passerine hosts. The young of all species are altricial. Non-parasitic cuckoos leave the nest before they can fly, and some New World species have the shortest incubation periods among birds. [20] Brood parasitism [ edit] A pallid cuckoo juvenile being fed by three separate foster-parent species About 56 of the Old World species and 3 of the New World species ( pheasant, pavonine, and striped) are brood parasites, laying their eggs in the nests of other birds. [20] These species are obligate brood parasites, meaning that they only reproduce in this fashion. The best-known example is the European common cuckoo. In addition to the above noted species, yet others sometimes engage in non-obligate brood parasitism, laying their eggs in the nests of members of their own species in addition to raising their own young. The shells of the eggs of brood-parasites are usually thick. [21] They have two distinct layers with an outer chalky layer that is believed to provide resistance to cracking when the eggs are dropped in the host nest. [22] The cuckoo egg hatches earlier than the host's, and the cuckoo chick grows faster; in most cases the chick evicts the eggs or young of the host species. The chick has no time to learn this behavior, so it must be an instinct passed on genetically. The chick encourages the host to keep pace with its high growth rate with its rapid begging call [23] and the chick's open mouth which serves as a sign stimulus. [24] Since obligate brood parasites need to successfully trick their host in order for them to reproduce, they have evolved adaptations at several stages of breeding. However, there are high costs of parasitism on the host, leading to strong selections on host to recognize and reject parasitic eggs. The adaptations and counter-adaptations between host and parasites have led to a coevolution arms race. This means that if one of the species involved were to stop adapting, it would lose the race to the other species likely resulting in decreased fitness of the losing species. [25] The egg-stage adaptation is the best studied stage of this arms race. Cuckoos have various strategies for getting their egg into a host nest. Different species use different strategies based on host defensive strategies. Female cuckoos have secretive and fast laying behaviors, but in some cases, males have been shown to lure host adults away from their nests so that the female can lay her egg in the nest. [26] Some host species may directly try to prevent cuckoos laying eggs in their nest in the first place – birds whose nests are at high risk of cuckoo-contamination are known to 'mob' cuckoos to drive them out of the area. [27] Parasitic cuckoos are grouped into gentes, with each gens specializing in a particular host. There is some evidence that the gentes are genetically different from one another. Female parasitic cuckoos sometimes specialize and lay eggs that closely resemble the eggs of their chosen host. Some birds are able to distinguish cuckoo eggs from their own, leading to those eggs least like the host's being thrown out of the nest. [24] Parasitic cuckoos that show the highest levels of egg mimicry are those whose hosts exhibit high levels of egg rejection behavior. [28] Some hosts do not exhibit egg rejection behavior and the cuckoo eggs look very dissimilar from the host eggs. It has also been shown in a study of the European cuckoos that females will lay their egg in the nest of a host that has eggs that look similar to its own. [29] Other species of cuckoo lay "cryptic" eggs, which are dark in color when their hosts' eggs are light. [26] This is a trick to hide the egg from the host, and is exhibited in cuckoos that parasitize hosts with dark, domed nests. Some adult parasitic cuckoos completely destroy the host's clutch if they reject the cuckoo egg. [26] In this case, raising the cuckoo chick is less of a cost than the alternative—total clutch destruction. There are two main hypotheses on the cognitive mechanisms that mediate host distinguishing of eggs. One hypothesis is true recognition, which states that host compare eggs present in its clutch to an internal template (learnt or innate) to identify if foreign eggs are present. [30] However, memorizing a template of a parasitic egg is costly and imperfect and likely not identical to each host's egg. The other one is the discordancy hypothesis, which states that host compares eggs in the clutch and identifies the odd ones. [30] However, if parasitic eggs made the majority of eggs in the clutch, then hosts will end up rejecting their own eggs. More recent studies have found that it is more likely that both mechanisms contribute to host discrimination of parasitic eggs since one compensates for the limitations of the other. [31] The parasitism is not necessarily entirely detrimental to the host species. A 16-year dataset was used in 2014 to find that parasitized crows' nests were more successful overall (more likely to produce at least one crow fledgling) than cuckoo-free nests. The researchers attributed this to a strong-smelling predator-repelling substance secreted by cuckoo chicks when attacked, and noted that the interactions were not necessarily simply parasitic or mutualistic. [32] Calls [ edit] Cuckoos are often highly secretive and in many cases best known for their wide repertoire of calls. Calls are usually relatively simple, resembling whistles, flutes, or hiccups. [33] The calls are used in order to demonstrate ownership of a territory and to attract a mate. Within a species the calls are remarkably consistent across the range, even in species with very large ranges. This suggests, along with the fact that many species are not raised by their true parents, that the calls of cuckoos are innate and not learnt. citation needed] Although cuckoos are diurnal, many species call at night. [20] The cuckoo family gets its English and scientific names from the call of the common cuckoo, which is also familiar from cuckoo clocks. Some of the names of other species and genera are also derived from their calls, for example the koels of Asia and Australasia. In most cuckoos the calls are distinctive to particular species, and are useful for identification. Several cryptic species are best identified on the basis of their calls. Phylogeny and evolution [ edit] The family Cuculidae was introduced by the English zoologist William Elford Leach in a guide to the contents of the British Museum published in 1820. [34] 35] There is very little fossil record of cuckoos and their evolutionary history remains unclear. Dynamopterus was an Oligocene genus of large cuckoo, 36] though it may have been related to cariamas instead. [37] A 2014 genome analysis by Jarvis et al. found a clade of birds that contains the orders Cuculiformes (cuckoos) Musophagiformes (turacos) and Otidiformes (bustards. This has been named the Otidimorphae. [3] Relationships between the orders is unclear. Living Cuculiformes from Sorenson & Payne (2005. 38] Cuculiformes classification   Crotophaginae Guira Crotophaga Neomorphinae Taperini Tapera Dromococcyx Neomorphini Morococcyx Geococcyx Neomorphus Centropodinae Centropodini Centropus Couini Carpococcyx Coua Cuculinae Rhinorthini Rhinortha Phaenicophaeini Ceuthmochares Taccocua Zanclostomus Phaenicophaeus Dasylophus Rhamphococcyx Clamator Coccycua Piaya Coccyzus Cuculini Pachycoccyx Microdynamis Eudynamys Scythrops Urodynamis Chrysococcyx Cacomantis Surniculus Cercococcyx Hierococcyx Cuculus Taxonomy and systematics [ edit] Basal or incertae sedis Genus Dynamopterus ( fossil: Late Eocene / Early Oligocene of Caylus, Tarn-et-Garonne, France) Genus Cursoricoccyx ( fossil: Early Miocene of Logan County, USA) – Neomorphinae? Cuculidae gen. et sp. indet. fossil: Early Pliocene of Lee Creek Mine, USA) 39] Genus Nannococcyx – Saint Helena cuckoo ( extinct) Subfamily Cuculinae – Brood-parasitic cuckoos Genus Eocuculus ( fossil: Late Eocene of Teller County, USA) 40] Genus Clamator (4 species) Genus Pachycoccyx – thick-billed cuckoo Genus Cuculus – typical cuckoos (11 species) Genus Hierococcyx – hawk-cuckoos (8 species) Genus Cercococcyx – long-tailed cuckoos (3 species) Genus Cacomantis (10 species) Genus Chrysococcyx – bronze cuckoos (13 species) Genus Surniculus – drongo-cuckoos (4 species) Genus Microdynamis – dwarf koel Genus Eudynamys – typical koels (4 species, one prehistoric) 41] Genus Urodynamis – Pacific long-tailed cuckoo Genus Scythrops – channel-billed cuckoo Subfamily Phaenicophaeinae – malkohas and couas Genus Ceuthmochares – yellowbills (2 species) Genus Rhinortha – Raffles's malkoha (sometimes in Phaenicophaeus; tentatively placed here) Genus Zanclostomus – Red-billed malkoha Genus Phaenicophaeus – typical malkohas (9 species) Genus Taccocua – Sirkeer malkoha Genus Carpococcyx – Asian ground-cuckoos (3 species) Genus Coua – couas (9 living species, 1 recently extinct) Subfamily Coccyzinae [42] – American cuckoos Genus Coccyzus – includes Saurothera and Hyetornis (13 species) Genus Coccycua – formerly in Coccyzus and Piaya, includes Micrococcyx (3 species) Genus Piaya (2 species) Subfamily Neomorphinae – New World ground cuckoos Genus Neococcyx ( fossil: Early Oligocene of Central North America) Genus Tapera – striped cuckoo Genus Dromococcyx (2 species) Genus Morococcyx – lesser ground cuckoo Genus Geococcyx – roadrunners (2 species) Genus Neomorphus – Neotropical ground-cuckoos (5 species) Subfamily Centropodinae – coucals Genus Centropus (some 30 species) Subfamily Crotophaginae – Anis Genus Crotophaga – true anis (3 species) Genus Guira – guira cuckoo In human culture [ edit] In Greek mythology, the god Zeus transformed himself into a cuckoo so that he could seduce the goddess Hera; the bird was sacred to her. 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Cuckoo for caca. Cloud-cuckoo land A state or realm of unrealistic and idealized fancy, beyond the realms of possibility. Often preceded by "live/be in. He's always got some harebrained schemes on how to fix the world, all of them right out of cloud-cuckoo land! If Tom thinks he'll be able to live off his bad poetry, he's living in cloud-cuckoo land! be in cloud-cuckoo land To believe in or be absorbed by unrealistic, idealized, and/or fanciful ideas that are beyond the realms of possibility. If Tom thinks he'll be able to live off his bad poetry, he's in cloud-cuckoo land! cuckoo in the nest Someone in a group who is seen as different and ostracized by their peers. Since Sam always got good grades and never got in trouble, he was seen by his unruly peers as a cuckoo in the nest. live in cloud-cuckoo land To believe that unrealistic, idealized, and/or fanciful ideas will happen, when in fact they are beyond the realms of possibility. Tom thinks he'll be able to live off his bad poetry—he's living in cloud-cuckoo land if you ask me! cuckoo Crazy. There's a guy on our corner who shouts about the end of the world; I think he's a little cuckoo. cloud-cuckoo land An idealized mythical domain, as in That idea about flying cars is straight out of cloud-cuckoo land. This expression originated as a translation from the Greek of Aristophanes' play The Birds, where it signifies the realm built by the birds to separate the gods from humankind. It came into use in the 1820s. During the 19th century it began to be used for a place of wildly fanciful dreams, unrealistic expectations, or the like, and it also acquired the connotation of "crazy" from cuckoo, slang for "crazy" since about 1900. Also see la-la land; never-never land. cuckoo in the nest an unwelcome intruder in a place or situation. The female cuckoo often lays its eggs in other birds' nests. Once hatched, the cuckoo fledgling pushes the other birds' fledglings out of the nest. coo-coo and cuckoo 1. mod. unconscious. I socked him on the snoot and knocked him coo-coo. 2. insane. How did I ever get involved in this cuckoo scheme, anyway? cuckoo verb Cloud Cuckoo Land A nonexistent place of perfection, a utopia. This phrase comes from The Birds by the Greek dramatist Aristophanes, in which the birds decide to build a perfect city called Cloud Cuckoo City. Over the years “City” became “Land. ”.

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Cuckoo's nest. Cuckoo maran eggs. Cuckoo loca. Cuckoo clock quartet. Cuckoo clock. Cuckoo Created by Robin French Kieron Quirke Written by Robin French Kieron Quirke Directed by Ben Taylor (Series 1-2) Paul Murphy (Series 3-4) Ben Gregor (Series 5) Starring Andy Samberg Greg Davies Helen Baxendale Tamla Kari Tyger Drew-Honey Taylor Lautner Andie MacDowell Esther Smith Matt Lacey Kenneth Collard Composer(s) Oli Julian Country of origin United Kingdom No. of series 5 No. of episodes 33 ( list of episodes) Production Producer(s) Dan Hine Running time 30 minutes Production company(s) Roughcut Television Release Original network BBC Three Original release 25 September 2012  – 4 January 2019 External links Website Cuckoo is a British sitcom that began airing on BBC Three on 25 September 2012, repeating on BBC One, and in 2016 began airing worldwide on Netflix. Written by Robin French and Kieron Quirke, Cuckoo stars Andy Samberg, Taylor Lautner, Andie MacDowell, Greg Davies, Tamla Kari, Esther Smith, Tyger Drew-Honey, Helen Baxendale, Matt Lacey and Kenneth Collard. The series launch became BBC Three's most-watched comedy launch, beating the record set by Bad Education, which debuted the previous month. Greg Davies was nominated for a BAFTA for Best Male Performance in a Comedy Programme. At the British Comedy Awards, Cuckoo was nominated for Best New Comedy Programme and Greg Davies was nominated for Best TV Comedy Actor. Production [ edit] Following the success of series one, BBC ordered a second series, but it looked uncertain due to Samberg's busy schedule. In February 2014, it was announced that Samberg would not return for the second series, with Taylor Lautner replacing him as Cuckoo's long-lost lovechild Dale. The second series began on 7 August 2014. On 4 April 2016, Cuckoo was commissioned for two more series. [1] Series 4 wrapped up production on 18 March 2018, confirmed by Lautner via social media. [2] It was released on 2 August 2018. A pilot for America's NBC television network was under consideration in May 2015. [3] The show is filmed in the town of Amersham and the adjoining ‘old town in Buckinghamshire. citation needed] Some of the outside scenes are also filmed in and around Thame, Oxfordshire. Plot [ edit] This section needs expansion. You can help by adding to it. January 2019) Series 1 Cuckoo is set in Lichfield, Staffordshire, external scenes are mostly filmed in Farnham, Surrey, Slough, Berkshire, and Amersham, Buckinghamshire. citation needed] all approximately 100 miles south of Lichfield) home to the Thompson family. When Ken ( Davies) and Lorna ( Baxendale) collect their daughter Rachel ( Kari) from the airport, they learn that she has returned from her gap year before medical school having married Dale "Cuckoo" Ashbrick ( Samberg) an eccentric American hippie with an exuberantly loving attitude who does not have a job and loves to take drugs. Series 2 Two years have passed and we learn that Cuckoo went missing in a climbing accident in the Himalayas, Dylan ( Drew-Honey) is planning to attend university, and Rachel (now played by Esther Smith) is moving in with new boyfriend Ben ( Lacey. Dale ( Lautner) a bearded young American arrives, claiming to be Cuckoo's son and searching for his father whom he has never met. Taking pity, Ken and Lorna ask him to stay. Series 3 Six months after Dale's dramatic departure at the end of the Christmas special of Series 2, Rachel is still heartbroken and missing Dale, but she has managed to salvage a certain friendship with her jilted former fiancé Ben ( Lacey. Just as life looks like it's about to return to normal in the Thompson household a transformed Dale returns to shake things up all over again after having spent some time working for a Chinese 'businessman' in Shanghai. Meanwhile, Ken and Lorna are preparing for the birth of their unplanned new baby, and their son Dylan ( Drew-Honey) is getting ready to leave for university. In the first episode Lorna gives birth to their baby son Sidney. [4] Series 4 Dale and Steve work towards opening a bar called 'All Steve's Pals. Rachel gets offered a job in Sierra Leone. Series 4 was released, in full, online on BBC Three on 2 August 2018 with the opening episode titled "Lawyer of the Year. 5] Series 5 Series 5 introduces a new character, Ivy ( Andie MacDowell) who comes to England from America with a slightly sinister plan. Dale ( Taylor Lautner) does not appear in Series 5. His absence is not explained, with Rachel just telling Sid that "Dale is gone. After meeting a strange lady in a pub, Ken decides to run for Lichfield MP. Series 5 was released in full, online on BBC Three on 4 January 2019 with the opening episode titled “Ivy Arrives”. Cast and characters [ edit] Key = Main cast (actor receives "Starring" credit that season) Recurring cast (actor appears in two or more episodes that season) Guest (actor who has appeared in another series of Cuckoo but only made 1 appearance in this series) Character Actor Series Dale Ashbrick, Sr. Cuckoo Andy Samberg Main Guest N/A Kenneth "Ken" Thompson Greg Davies Lorna Thompson Helen Baxendale Dylan Thompson Tyger Drew-Honey Rachel Thompson Tamla Kari Esther Smith Steve Chance Kenneth Collard Recurring Connie Chance Selina Griffiths Zoe Chance Holly Earl Tony Philip Jackson Nina Morgan Juliet Cowan Dale Ashbrick, Jr. Taylor Lautner Ben Matt Lacey Jane Defreitas Jacqueline Boatswain Pepe Sevan Stephan Charles David Calder Sidney "Sid" Thompson Unknown Emilie & Maisie Davison Scott & Zach Durnford Adriano Broccu Jess Emma Pierson Ling Alice Hewkin Mr. Xi Logan Wong Adrian Peter Landi Noel Colin Hoult Ivy Mittelfart Andie MacDowell Tash Lily Frazer Notes: Only named characters appear in the table above. Only characters that have appeared in more than two episodes in a single series appear in the table above. Series overview [ edit] Episodes [ edit] Series 1 [ edit] Series 2 [ edit] Christmas Special [ edit] Series 3 [ edit] Series 4 [ edit] Series 5 [ edit] Netflix premiered series 1 and 2 for streaming audiences on 7 March 2016. Series 3 was subsequently added on 16 February 2017. [6] Series 4 was subsequently added on 14 December 2018. Series 5 was subsequently added on 19 April 2019. [7] DVD release [ edit] Region 2 Title Release date 1 September 2014 4 January 2016 20 June 2016 Complete series 1 to 3 31 October 2016 11 March 2019 8 April 2019 Soundtracks [ edit] In the episode "Family Meeting" family and friends are dancing to "Second Hand News" by Fleetwood Mac. In the episode "Ken on E" in which Cuckoo sits reading a book whilst listening to "Shake Break Bounce" by The Chemical Brothers. In the same episode, various songs by Dexys Midnight Runners are featured. Also "Bonkers" by Dizzee Rascal. The song playing over the last scene and credits of the episode "The Wedding" is "Ho Hey" by The Lumineers. On Netflix it is "Stay Right Here" by Andy Huckvale. In the episode "Potato Party. Everyone Nose (All the Girls Standing in the Line for the Bathroom. by N. E. R. D and " Mishto " by Gogol Bordello are featured during the party. Rachel is listening to "Silver Lining" by First Aid Kit in the episode "Tribunal. The final episode, The Holiday" ends with Rusted Root singing " Send Me on My Way. On Netflix this song is replaced due to BBC licensing agreements. In "Lawyer of the Year" Think I'm in Love by Eddie Money play's during the opening dance number. In "Opening Night. Don't You (Forget About Me. by Simple Minds plays in All Steve's Pals while Lorna tells Dale about Rachel's plans to move to Sierra Leone. The final scene has Modern Love by David Bowie playing. Dale mixes cocktails to WOR by Django Django. In "Trapped" a section from The Number One Song in Heaven by Sparks when Dale reveals to Rachel that he found out about her “pregnancy”. Lorna and Connie listen to Insane in the Brain by Cypress Hill after Lorna tells Connie that Ken cheated on her with an air hostess. U. S. version [ edit] In May 2015, NBC announced a US pilot of Cuckoo, starring Michael Chiklis, Cheryl Hines and Flula Borg, was to be produced. [3] UK writers Robin French and Kieron Quirke, who created the BBC series, wrote the adaptation with The Simpsons veteran Tim Long. As of the 2017 autumn season, it does not appear that the project has been picked up as a series. References [ edit] External links [ edit] Cuckoo at BBC Programmes Cuckoo on IMDb.

Cuckoos Cuculus canorus: the male (front) is grey with dark bars; female grey morph (right) is similar, but with pinkish-buff edge to the throat. The less common red-brown 'rufus' morph is also female (left rear) Scientific classification Kingdom: Animalia Phylum: Chordata Class: Aves Order: Cuculiformes Family: Cuculidae Vigors, 1825 The cuckoos are a family of near- passerine birds. They are the main part of the order called Cuculiformes. The family is famous for its "nest-parasite" members, but has a range of other types of bird. The cuckoo family, in addition to those species named as such, also includes the roadrunners, koels, malkohas, couas, coucals and anis. The family is notable for its subfamily, the Cuculinae. Many of them have a unique kind of parasitism called brood parasitism. This means it lays its eggs in the nests of other kinds of birds, who then rear the baby cuckoo instead of their own. The brood parasite [ change, change source] African emerald cuckoo (Chrysococcyx cupreus) male The common cuckoo, Cuculus canorus, usually just called “cuckoo” in countries where it lives) is a spring migrant to Europe and northern Asia. It winters in Africa and southern Asia. It is a greyish bird with a slender body, long tail and strong legs. It looks a little bit like a small bird of prey when it flies. The male is dark grey above with a blackish brown tail, spotted and tipped with white and unevenly barred in black. The female is similar but a bit more reddish on the upper breast. It likes to eat hairy caterpillars. It is often found where woods border on to open land. The cuckoo gets its names because the male Common Cuckoo sings two notes which sound like the word “cu – ckoo”. [1] The female does not make this sound. She has a loud bubbling call. Laying its eggs [ change, change source] A reed warbler feeding a cuckoo chick The common cuckoo does not make a nest of its own, and they do not bring up their own young. Instead, the female lays her eggs in the nests of other birds. Each female cuckoo specialises in just one host species, and lays camouflaged eggs in that bird's nest. For example, a cuckoo which lays its eggs in reed warbler nests will lay eggs that look like those of a reed warbler. [2] The female cuckoo spends a lot of time watching the birds at the nest where she wants to lay an egg. She has to work out the exact time to go and lay her egg while the 'host' parents are not looking. If the cuckoo lays her egg in the nest before the other bird lays, the reed warbler will notice and knows it is not her egg, and so she will get rid of it. If the cuckoo lays her egg too late, when the reed warbler has finished laying, this will be noticed, too. When the female cuckoo thinks it is the right moment she will fly down to the reed warblers' nest, pushes one reed warbler egg out of the nest, lays her egg and flies off. This only takes about 10 seconds. The reed warbler does not notice, and carries on looking after the eggs. When the cuckoo chick hatches it soon grows very fast. It pushes the other eggs or reed warbler chicks out of the nest. At 14 days old, it is about 3 times the size of the adult reed warblers. The chick has a huge mouth which it opens very wide. It also makes a very fast “cheeping” sound which sounds like a nest full of reed warbler chicks. This makes the parents behave as if they had a nest full of their own chicks. About 56 of the Old World and 3 of the New World cuckoo species are brood parasites, laying their eggs in the nests of other birds. [2] These species are obligate brood parasites, meaning that they only reproduce in this fashion. The shells of the eggs of brood-parasites is thick. [3] They have two distinct layers with an outer chalky layer that is believed to provide resistance to cracking when the eggs are dropped in the host nest. [4] Host-specific lines [ change, change source] Female parasitic cuckoos specialize and lay eggs which look like the eggs of their chosen host. This has been produced by natural selection, as some birds are able to distinguish cuckoo eggs from their own, leading to those eggs least like the host's being thrown out of the nest. [5] Host species may take direct action to stop cuckoos laying eggs in their nest. Birds whose nests are at high risk of cuckoo-eggs often mob cuckoos and drive them out of the area. [6] Parasitic cuckoos are grouped into gentes: each gens specializes in a particular host species. This permits each gens to evolve a particular egg colouring. Thus, the species as a whole parasitizes a wide variety of hosts, but each line of females specializes in a single host species. Genes regulating egg colour are passed down only along the maternal line, no doubt on the sex chromosome. This allows females to lay mimetic eggs in the nest of their host species. Females are thought to imprint on the host species which raised them; later they only parasitize nests of that species. Male cuckoos fertilize females of all lines, so gene flow takes place between the different maternal lines. [7] The detail and near-perfection of the cuckoo nest parasitism, and the defences of the host birds, are extraordinary. Many of the host species can spot and throw out almost perfect cuckoo eggs. This system is a fine example of an evolutionary arms race, a type of co-evolution. There are other birds which practise nest parasitism (such as the cowbirds) but these other systems are much less specialized. Morphs and mimicry [ change, change source] The males and grey females in flight look a bit like a sparrowhawk. That may protect them from other birds' mobbing ( Batesian mimicry. 8] The advantage of the rufous-coloured females is not known. It may be that, being less common, they are less recognised by other bird species. Migration [ change, change source] The cuckoo only stays in its summer location for about 10 weeks. In Britain, for example, it arrives in April and the adults start for Africa by the end of June or early July. They arrive in Africa (or Asia) in August. [9] They moult twice a year, changing feathers partially in summer, and completely in winter. Further reading [ change, change source] Davies, Nick 2015. Cuckoo. London: Bloomsbury. Wyllie, Ian 1981. The Cuckoo. London: B. T. Batsford. References [ change, change source] Wikimedia Commons has media related to Cuculidae. ↑ Words that copy natural sounds are called ' onomatopoeic. ↑ 2. 0 2. 1 Payne R. B. 1997. 'Family Cuculidae (Cuckoos) 508–545 in del Hoyo J, Elliott A, Sargatal J (eds) Handbook of the Birds of the World Volume 4; Sandgrouse to Cuckoos. Lynx Edicions:Barcelona. ISBN   84-87334-22-9 ↑ Antonov, Anton; Bard G. Stokke, Arne Moksnes & Eivin Roeskaft 2008. Does the cuckoo benefit from laying unusually strong eggs? Animal Behaviour 76:1893-1900 ↑ Payne, Robert B; Michael D. Sorenson & Karen Klitz 2005. The Cuckoos: Cuculidae. Oxford University Press. p. 127 ↑ Campbell N. A. 1996. Biology 4th ed, Cummings NY. p1179 'Fixed Action Patterns. ISBN   0-8053-1957-3 ↑ Wheatcroft D. 2009. Co-evolution: a behavioral ‘spam filter to prevent nest parasitism. Current Biology 19: R170–R171. doi:10. 1016/ ISSN 0960-9822. PMID 19243694. ↑ Vogl W. M. et al 2002. Cuckoo females preferentially use specific habitats when searching for hot nests. Animal Behavior 64: 843–850 ↑ Welbergen J. Davies N. 2011. A parasite in wolf's clothing: hawk mimicry reduces mobbing of cuckoos by hosts. Behavioral Ecology 22 (3) 574–579. [1] ↑ BBC Nature: Cuckoo's 5000 mile journey.

UNLIMITED TV SHOWS & MOVIES SIGN IN Rachel shocks her proper British parents when she marries an American hippie, but it's just the first in a series of surprises for the family. Starring: Greg Davies, Taylor Lautner, Andie MacDowell Creators: Robin French, Kieron Quirke Watch all you want for free. Additional Videos Cuckoo Episodes Cuckoo The Thompsons reluctantly welcome new son-in-law Cuckoo into their home, but his New Age philosophy soon pushes patriarch Ken to the limit. Ken's attempt to lay down some ground rules for Cuckoo at a family meeting has a devastating effect on daughter Rachel's homecoming party. Ken is thrilled to be chosen for a political position, but Dylan derails his plans. Given his interest in politics, Cuckoo has plenty of advice. Ken fears that Cuckoo will ruin his father-in-law's birthday celebration, but a cat's intervention turns Cuckoo into a hero and Ken into a villain. Cuckoo convinces Lorna's best friend to make some huge life changes, including the pursuit of a career as a singer. One small problem: She can't sing. When Cuckoo and Rachel realize that their marriage wasn't legal, a new ceremony is planned, but Ken plots to get rid of his son-in-law for good. Ken is thrilled to be nominated for Lawyer of the Year until he learns that his workplace rival Jane has also made the list. Dale starts a job search. Ken's awards ceremony speech has consequences, Dale and Steve try to get a business license, and Sid gets into a top nursery. with one condition. After calling the police on his loud-partying new neighbor, Ken befriends him and keeps the phone call a secret, allowing suspicion to fall on Steve. Ken gets walled in during construction at the new bar, Rachel thinks she might be pregnant, and Dylan hooks up with someone new, yet not so new at all. Rachel asks for some space so Dale strands her in the mountains, forcing Ken to search for her on the same day a meeting will decide his fate at work. Ken plots to get his position back at the firm, Steve and Dale prepare for the launch of their bar, and Rachel contemplates a job offer in Africa. Ken looks forward to some time to himself when Dylan leaves for university, but a stranger with an all-too-familiar nature shows up at his door. Dylan throws a party, hoping it leads to sex with his girlfriend. Dale takes over Cuckoo's potato van and provides some sketchy food. Steve threatens to reveal sensitive information if Ken doesn't represent him in a malpractice case. Ben sets up Dale with Rachel's friend Natalie. Ken takes Dale and Dylan to his old professor's funeral, determined to retrieve a book the man had borrowed. All three manage to cause a ruckus. Ken is up for a big promotion at work, but when he tries to discredit a colleague who's also being considered, he stumbles on some odd video footage. Ken feels emasculated when Dale has to intervene in warding off an intruder. Rachel has conflicting feelings about moving in with Ben. As Christmas approaches, Lorna reveals surprising news while Ben and Dale do what they can to make the holiday special for Rachel. Past her due date, Lorna proposes a baby care idea that Ken only pretends to support. Rachel's romantic hopes are dashed when Dale returns from China. Dale and Ken help Rachel when she applies too late for her dream job at Nina's nonprofit, although their definition of "help" is not strictly legal. Ken rejects Lorna's fears that a rival new mother has her eyes on him, but a bizarre series of events prove Lorna's concerns to be well founded. Lorna forgets Ken's birthday, which is disrupted by Steve bearing a cask of home brew and a board game that conjures up Dale's memories of China. When a jilted Dylan wants to drop out of university three weeks in, Ken and Dale take a road trip to campus on a mission to make him change his mind. Dale prepares a very special contribution to baby Sid's naming-day ceremony, while Ken's mom visits from Spain and creates havoc with her tarot cards. Ken conceals his secret agenda during the family's relaxing holiday in Cumbria, where the truth also catches up to Dale in more ways than one. A shocked Ken learns he has a billionaire half-sister he never knew named Ivy, but she's concealing a secret agenda when she arrives for a visit. Ken reluctantly recruits Ivy as Sid's new nanny when a case of mistaken identity leaves him without child care. Rachel meets Ben's new girlfriend. Ken and Lorna spice up their love life with some estate agent role-playing. Ivy partners with Dylan on his secret enterprise: a marijuana farm. Ken considers a run for Parliament after a fortuneteller in the pub predicts victory. Ivy makes a run of her own at an aging multimillionaire. Steve throws a divorce party for Ivy and urges her to vent her rage. Ken's snazzy new suit becomes a bone of contention between him and Lorna. Ivy's unfortunate misuse of a common phrase leads to an untimely death. Ken begrudgingly hosts Lorna's ex-boyfriend at a fundraising dinner. A campaign mishap with a live microphone jeopardizes Ken's election prospects. Ivy's ex-husband suddenly reappears and tries to get her back. More Details Cast Greg Davies Taylor Lautner Andie MacDowell Andy Samberg Helen Baxendale Esther Smith Tyger Drew-Honey Tamla Kari Coming Soon.

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