Scientific name: Cuculus canorus
How to identify: With their sleek body, long tail and pointed wings, cuckoos are sometimes mistaken for sparrowhawks when flying. However, if seen well, a cuckoo is unmistakeable, with blue grey upper parts, head and chest with dark barred white under parts.
Where: A summer visitor to Exmoor, found particularly on Croydon Hill, Hopcott and Alcombe Common, Ley Hill, Webber’s Post, Haddon Hill.
Best time to see: Adults arrive in late March or April and depart in July or August, with young birds leaving a month or so later.
Did you know? Adult cuckoos feed almost entirely on big hairy caterpillars.
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