Common cuckoo

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Scientific classification
Kinrick: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Cless: Aves
Order: Cuculiformes
Faimily: Cuculidae
Genus: Cuculus
Species: C. canorus
Binomial name
Cuculus canorus
Cuculus canorus canorus + Acrocephalus arundinaceus
Cuculus canorus bangsi + Phoenicurus moussieri

The gowk, (Cuculus canorus) is a memmer o the cuckoo order o birds, Cuculiformes, which includes the roadrunners, the anis an the coucals.

This species is a widespread simmer migrant tae Europe an Asie, an winters in Africae. It is a brood parasite, which means it lays eggs in the nests o ither bird species, particularly o Dunnocks, Meadow Pipits, an Eurasian Reed Warblers.

Taxonomy[eedit | eedit soorce]

The gowk is a memmer o the cuckoo order o birds, the Cuculiformes, which also includes the roadrunners, the anis an the coucals.[1] The species' binomial name is derived frae the Latin cuculus (the cuckoo) an canorus (melodious; frae canere, meaning tae sing).[2] In Inglis an ither leids, the gowk faimily gets its common name "cuckoo" an genus name bi onomatopoeia for the cry o the male gowk.[3] The Ingliswird "cuckoo" comes frae the Auld French cucu an it first appears aboot 1240[4] in the poem Sumer Is Icumen In - "Simmer haes come in / Loudly sing, Cuckoo!" in modren Inglis.

There are fower subspecies warldwide:[5]

References[eedit | eedit soorce]

  1. a b BirdLife International (2012). "Cuculus canorus". IUCN Reid Leet o Threatened Species. Version 2012.1. Internaitional Union for Conservation o Naitur. Retrieved 16 Julie 2012. Cite has empty unkent parameter: |last-author-amp= (help)CS1 maint: uises authors parameter (link) CS1 maint: ref=harv (link)
  2. Robinson, R. A. (2005). "Cuckoo Cuculus canorus". BirdFacts: Profiles of Birds Occurring in Britain & Ireland. British Trust for Ornithology. BTO Research Report 407. Retrieved 12 August 2011.
  3. Snow, D. W.; Perrins, C. (1997). The Birds of the Western Palearctic (Abridged ed.). Oxford University Press. ISBN 0-19-854099-X.
  4. Lockwood, W. B. (1993). The Oxford Dictionary of British Bird Names. Oxford University Press. ISBN 978-0-19-866196-2.
  5. "Common Cuckoo (Cuculus canorus)". Internet Bird Collection. Lynx Edicions. Archived frae the original on 17 Apryle 2013. Retrieved 20 August 2011.

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